By Jean Racine
Translated by Ted Hughes
Directed by Christopher Mirto

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October 27-31, 2009

University Theatre, 222 York Street







Love is fierce. And still we crave it.

In Phèdre, Jean Racine's 17th-century “fairy tale for fools,” the gods wield love as a weapon, using it to turn the world upside down. To ravish it. Queen Phèdre, dying from an uncontrollable love for her stepson Hippolytus, savagely wages war against herself and her own fate. Politics and passions, the mind and the body contaminate each other as a cursed family struggles to navigate a labyrinth of dangerous secrets and unspoken desires. When love unleashes the monster within, is there any hope of salvation?

Christopher Mirto is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama where he adapted and directed Hamlet last season. Other School of Drama credits include Cygnus and Lone Pilots of Roosevelt Field. Musicals: His Yale Cabaret credits include the musicals Hillbilly Antigone (east coast premiere) and Three Sisters, or The Dormouse’s Tale, for which he also co-wrote the book. At Yale Rep he served as assistant director on Happy Now? by Lucinda Coxon, directed by Liz Diamond. For the last two years, he also has served as a director for the Dwight/Edgewood Project (YRT/YSD). In New York City, he directed the revival of Dionysus in 69 by Richard Schechner, Tough by George F. Walker, Four Twins by Copi, and White Embers by Saviana Stanescu. Mirto produced Olsen Terror by Chris Wells at Joe’s Pub, Dixon Place, and the New York International Fringe Festival. As an actor he has performed as Kabe in One Flea Spare (Columbia University) and in Richard Foreman’s The Gods Are Pounding My Head aka Lumberjack Messiah and Wake Up Mr. Sleepy! Your Unconscious Mind Is Dead. He holds a BFA in acting and English literature from New York University.He is the Co-Artistic Director of Yale Cabaret’s 42nd season, 2009-2010.

Contains adult content. Please contact the box office at 203.432.1234 if you have further questions about the themes or content of this production.