The 2016-17 Studio Series

The 2016-17 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.


TITUS ANDRONICUS

BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
DIRECTED BY SHADI GHAHERI

Iseman Theater
Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 4PM
Friday, March 31, 2017 at 4PM & 8PM
Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 4PM

 

At the end of a ten-year battle, Rome’s greatest warrior, Titus Andronicus, returns to a city on the verge of civil unrest. As Titus attempts to restore balance to Rome, a single choice–to take vengeance or grant mercy–sets in motion a reaction of devastating brutality. Shakespeare’s first tragedy, Titus Andronicus, follows the pathology of retribution as it rages not just through its hero but through the body politic itself.

The Three Sisters

BY ANTON CHEKHOV
TRANSLATED BY CAROL ROCAMORA
DIRECTED BY JOAN MACINTOSH


Iseman Theater
Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 4PM
Friday, September 30, 2016 at 3:30PM & 8PM
Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 4PM

Stuck in a provincial outpost of the Russian Empire in the wake of their father’s death, the Prozorovs dream of returning to the cosmopolitan Moscow of their childhood. The siblings face many challenges: Olga endures thankless work to sustain the family, Masha suffers from marital malaise, Andrey yearns for a scholarly life away from the toils of country living, and Irina—the youngest, but no longer the baby—struggles to find her place in adult society. Still, the Prozorovs fight against apathy and despair, and find beauty, love, and meaning in places that surprise them and us.

The Dog Pack Play

BY MAJKIN HOLMQUIST
DIRECTED BY LUCIE DAWKINS


Iseman Theater
Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 4PM
Friday, October 21, 2016 at 4PM & 8PM
Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 4PM

No one can remember a time before the dogs. An enormous pack stalks a small rural town protected only by a wall and generations of vigilance. But when a mysterious death unleashes conflicting forces within the town, even the closest loyalties are ripped to shreds.

Bluebeard's Wife

A tale of (gay) marriage and (queer) death
BY GENNE MURPHY
DIRECTED BY RORY PELSUE


Iseman Theater
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 4PM
Friday, October 28, 2016 at 4PM & 8PM
Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 4PM

Penelope and Dex are a modern-day queer couple about to get married. Marie is the latest bride of a 17th-century French lord with extraordinary whiskers and a bad habit of murdering his wives. These stories converge in Bluebeard's Wife, a play that explores love, death, gay assimilation, and dark truths behind locked doors.

Wrong River

By JOSH WILDER
Directed by SHADI GHAHERI


Iseman Theater
Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 4PM
Friday, November 18, 2016 at 4PM & 8PM
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 4PM

When President Obama traveled to Flint, Michigan, to take a widely-televised sip of water last May, most people assumed the city's two-year crisis was over. But for a young couple struggling to make ends meet, environmental catastrophe is just one of many adversities standing between them and the future they envision for their daughter.

Othello

BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
DIRECTED BY RORY PELSUE

Iseman Theater
Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 4PM
Friday, January 20, 2017 at 4PM & 8PM
Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 4PM

Othello, a renowned Moorish general, has wooed and won the wonderful Desdemona, the white daughter of a powerful senator. The couple never enjoys blissful matrimony, however, because the villainous Iago slanders Desdemona, telling Othello she has slept with his trusted lieutenant, Cassio.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
DIRECTED BY LUCIE DAWKINS

Iseman Theater
Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 4PM
Friday, February 24, 2017 at 4PM & 8PM
Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 4PM

 In Athens, everyone is penned in by walls of unbending social rules. The looming marriage of Duke Theseus to the enemy general Hippolyta offers an uneasy peace after a long war, and four young lovers and a company of inexpert artists steal into the woods to escape the suffocating control of the city. What they find instead is the natural world in full revolt--the effect of a dangerous fairy feud. As night falls in the woods, roles will reverse, boundaries will blur, and dreams will confound reality.