The 2015-16 Studio Series

The 2015-16 Studio Series

The Studio Series productions are designed to be learning experiences that complement classroom work, providing a medium for students at Yale School of Drama to combine their individual talents and energies toward the staging of collaboratively created works. Your attendance meaningfully completes that process.


Fucking A

By SuZan-Lori Parks

Directed by Joan MacIntosh


Iseman Theater

Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 4PM
Friday, October 2, 2015 at 3:30PM & 8PM
Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 4PM

Suzan-Lori Parks’s adaptation of The Scarlet Letter turns Nathaniel Hawthorne’s tale of an exiled adulteress into the tragic story of Hester Smith—branded A for Abortionist—plying her trade in “a small town in a small country in the middle of nowhere.” Employing Parks’s singular mingling of theatrical language, music, and dance, Fucking A is a scream of rage at the plight of those on the margins of society.

Tiny

By Sarah B. Mantell

Directed by Kevin Hourigan


Iseman Theater

Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 4PM
Friday, November 6 , 2015 at 4PM & 8PM
Saturday, November 7 , 2015 at 4PM

Greg and Ray have built their tiny house, and they’re looking for somewhere to park it. Now they’ll have to figure out living on someone’s land and in their life.

THIS LAND WAS MADE

By Tori Sampson
Directed by Jesse Rasmussen


Iseman Theater

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 4PM
Friday, November 13, 2015 at 4PM & 8PM
Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 4PM

Liberation. Peace. Protests. Sedition. Love. Self-Defense. Revolution. Oakland in 1967 was a powder keg of social activism about to boil over into radical action that would soon change how the whole country engaged in politics. For the patrons of Miss Trish’s Bar, however, these ain’t nothing but talking points—that is, until the full, seductive and explosive force of the revolution walks through the door.

BEST LESBIAN EROTICA 1995

By Miranda Rose Hall
Directed by Elizabeth Dinkova


Iseman Theater
Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 4PM
Friday, November 20, 2015 at 4PM & 8PM
Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 4PM

Best Lesbian Erotica 1995 combines fantasy and nightmare, dallying in erotica's blissful ribaldries until colliding with one of the darkest hours in U.S. history. By turns funny and moving, the play ultimately asks, "How do we carry on after losing our innocence?"

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Directed by KEVIN HOURIGAN


Iseman Theater
Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 4PM
Friday, February 12, 2016 at 4PM & 8PM
Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 4PM

Bassanio is an aristocratic, young spendthrift vying to marry the fair—and very wealthy—Portia. It’s all love and levity until Bassanio’s dearest friend and benefactor, Antonio, finds himself at the mercy of the vengeful Shylock. Set in the present day, this Merchant of Venice depicts a chilling world of capitalism, in which a pound of flesh is just another commodity.

MACBETH

By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Directed by JESSE RASMUSSEN


Iseman Theater
Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 4PM
Friday, March 11, 2016 at 4PM & 8PM
Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 4PM

As a war is raging, a soldier battles for his country. On a blasted heath, three weird women wait.

Othello

By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Directed by ELIZABETH DINKOVA


Iseman Theater
Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 4PM
Friday, April 15, 2016 at 4PM & 8PM
Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 4PM

In a future Venice, a secret marriage spirals into chaos. Meanwhile, a war is raging in the Mediterranean. Shakespeare’s classic asks us questions as vital as ever: What does it mean to be an outsider? And what lies beneath the mask of Empire?