The Ghost Sonata

The Ghost Sonata

December 14, 15, 17, 18, 19

YALE SCHOOL OF DRAMA (James Bundy, Dean / Victoria Nolan, Deputy Dean) continues its 2007-08 season with The Ghost Sonata by August Strindberg, translated by Harry G. Carlson and directed by Shana Cooper. This production, marking 100th anniversary of the play, will be running on December 14, 15, 17, 18, 19 at the University Theatre.

Amidst a landscape of corrupted dreams and spiritual bankruptcy, The Ghost Sonata unearths the adventures of an idealistic young student who stumbles into a collapsing web of deceit, cruelty and greed. Strindberg's haunting play conjures mysterious apparitions and vampires in a grotesque fairytale that follows the painful quest for human salvation, where revealed truths bring new possibilities.

In this production, the performers will share the stage of the University Theatre with the audience creating an intimate experience, as the sets give the sense of including the audience inside the space where action takes place.

The production includes Set Design by Scott Dougan, Costume Design by Katherine O’Neil, Lighting Design by Marie Yokoyama, and Sound Design by Phillip Owen. Donald E. Claxon is the Stage Manager, and Drew Lichtenberg is the Dramaturg.

The cast of 15 includes Nikki Berger as The Milkmaid/The Cook, Nicholas Carriere as Bengtsson/The Dead Man, Caitlin Clouthier as The Young Lady, Christopher Grant as The Old Man, Ruby Hunter as Child Beggar, SiSi Aisha Johnson as The Lady in Black/Beggar, Alex Knox as The Fiancee, Teresa Avia Lim as The Caretaker’s Wife/Beggar, Alex Major as The Posh Man/Beggar, Barret O’Brien as The Colonel, Joseph J Parks as The Student, Bryce Pinkham as Johansson, Erica Sullivan as The Mummy, and Adria Vitlar as Mummy Statue.

Director Shana Cooper is a third year directing student at Yale School of Drama where she recently directed Richard III and traveled to China as a member of the Yale 100 Delegation at the invitation of President Hu Jintao.  She is also the co-founder of Project Luminarias, supporting the work of emerging Latin-American theater artists at Yale and beyond.  Prior to graduate school Shana spent four years as the Associate Artistic Director of the California Shakespeare Theater.  Directing credits include productions for Willamette Repertory Theatre, Hangar Theatre Lab Company, Sonoma Repertory Theatre, Cal Shakes Student Company, Washington Shakespeare Festival, Willamette University (Guest Artist), Magic Theatre’s Young California Writer’s Project, and the Off-Broadway remount of Virginia Stage Company’s production of Art.  Shana is the recipient of a Drama League Directing Fellowship, a TCG Observership Grant and a member of the first annual Jack O’Brien Director’s Lab (2007).  Productions in 2008 include What You Will, the Twelfth Night parking lot project in Ashland, Oregon. 

Ghost Sonata will be performed at the University Theater, 222 York Street in New Haven. Seating is limited. Performances are:

Friday, December 14 at 8pm (Preview)
Saturday, December 15 at 2pm (Opening and Press Performance)
Saturday, December 15 at 8pm
Monday, December 17 at 8pm (with Talk Back)
Tuesday, December 18 at 8pm
Wednesday, December 19 at 8pm         

Tickets are $18, $12 for students and seniors. Discounted rates for groups of 10 or more are also available.

Tickets may be purchased online, by calling 203.432.1234, or at the Yale Repertory Theatre Box Office at 1120 Chapel Street (at York Street); and on the day of the performance at the University Theatre, 222 York Street three hours prior to performance.