The 2017-18 Studio Series

The 2017-18 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.

 

Reservations are available starting approximately one week before each production unless otherwise indicated.


SWEAT

By LYNN NOTTAGE
Directed by JOAN MacINTOSH

Thursday, September 28 at 4PM
Friday, September 29 at 3:30PM and 8PM
Saturday, September 30 at 4PM


Set in Reading, Pennsylvania, Sweat tells the story of a community living through the onslaught of America’s recent Great Recession, and then trying to survive its devastating aftermath. Under pressure amid union negotiations, company lockouts, and picket lines, a group of friends struggles to maintain their livelihoods as the national infrastructure crumbles beneath them, exposing deep-seated resentments, racism, and xenophobia. As Wall Street and Washington choke off their access to the American Dream, we are left to wonder: to whom did this dream ever really belong?

Invitation only: there are no public performances of Sweat.

SLAVE PLAY

By JEREMY O. HARRIS
Directed by EMMA WEINSTEIN

Iseman Theater
Thursday, October 26 at 8PM

Friday, October 27 at 4PM & 8PM
Saturday, October 28 at 4PM

The old South lives on at the MacGregor Plantation — in the breeze, in the cotton fields...and in the crack of the whip. It’s an antebellum fever-dream, where fear and desire entwine in the looming shadow of the Master’s House.

This play contains sexual content, sexual violence, and racially violent language.

 

IN THE PALM OF A GIANT

By CHRISTOPHER GABRIEL NÚÑEZ
Directed by JECAMIAH McCAIN YBAÑEZ

Iseman Theater
Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 8PM 
Friday, November 3, 2017 at 4PM & 8PM
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 4PM 

Outside The Liberty Inn, the world teeters on the brink of apocalypse.  Inside, Shinez and Zendejas push their romantic, intellectual, and artistic bonds to their breaking-points. The Liberty may be an hourly hotel, but none of its patrons have enough Time.

PERFECTLY TIMED PHOTOS TAKEN BEFORE A DISASTER

By ALEX LUBISCHER
Directed by ANEESHA KUDTARKAR

Iseman Theater
Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 8PM
Friday, November 10, 2017 at 4PM & 8PM
Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 4PM 

It’s Jody Finkral’s last semester of high school in Milton, Nebraska, and he’s struggling to balance his love life, his feelings about his dying father, and his highly successful career as an author of online fanfiction. Perfectly Timed Photos Taken Before a Disaster peeks into a world and a family on the brink of collapse, where the boundaries between reality and fiction are not as clear as they once were.

 

Romeo and Juliet

By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Directed by EMMA WEINSTEIN

Iseman Theater
Thursday, January 25 at 8PM
Friday, January 26 at 4PM & 8PM
Saturday, January 27 at 4PM 

Art thou a man? thy form cries out thou art.
Thy tears are womanish, thy wild acts denote
The unreasonable fury of a beast.
Unseemly woman in a seeming man,
Or ill-beseeming beast in seeming both! —Friar Laurence

This version of Romeo and Juliet lays its scene in an all-girls high school, where romance and violence are even more inextricably intertwined than in the fair Verona of the Bard’s most iconic play.

This play contains sexual content and violence. Please contact the Box Office at 203.432.1234 if you have questions about the themes or content of this production.

 

 
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Directed by JECAMIAH McCAIN YBAÑEZ

Iseman Theater
Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 8PM 
Friday, February 23,2018 at 4PM & 8PM
Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 4PM 

Roused by their recent military victory, a group of returning soldiers takes arms in a “merry war”—Love. The newly decorated Claudio sets his sights on Hero, the bright-eyed daughter of Leonato, while Don Pedro tries to reunite former lovers Beatrice and Benedick. But pride, rumors, mistakes, and male fragility threaten the happiness of both would-be couples. Shakespeare’s comedy of rampant libel and libidos exposes the dangers of trusting everything you hear, the limits of believing your own hype, and the need to check yourself before you wreck absolutely everything. 

The Winter's Tale

By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Directed by ANEESHA KUDTARKAR

Iseman Theater
Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 8PM 
Friday, March 30,2018 at 4PM & 8PM
Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 4PM 

Sick kings make for sick kingdoms. And Leontes of Sicilia is sorely plagued by delusions of his beloved Hermione’s infidelity. When his obsession turns deadly for those closest to him, the future of Sicilia seems gone forever. Long-lost daughters, hapless clowns, and freewheeling agents of chaos collide in a world where bears run wild, and all are offered a seemingly impossible chance at reconciliation and forgiveness.

More information and Reservations coming soon.