Felicity Jones, Emily Walton and More to Star in Yale Rep's THE FAIRYTALE LIVES OF RUSSIAN GIRLS; Cast Announced!

Yale Repertory Theatre presents THE FAIRYTALE LIVES OF RUSSIAN GIRLS by Meg Miroshnik, directed by Rachel Chavkin, January 31-February 22 at Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street). Opening Night is Thursday, February 6.

The cast of THE FAIRYTALE LIVES OF RUSSIAN GIRLS is Sofiya Akilova, Celeste Arias, Stéphanie Hayes, Jessica Jelliffe, Felicity Jones, and Emily Walton.

The production includes scenic design by Christopher Ash; costumes by KJ Kim; lighting by Bradley King; sound design, music direction, and original music by Chad Raines; vocal and dialect coaching by Jane Guyer Fujita; dramaturgy by Amy Boratko; and stage management by Hannah Sullivan.

ABOUT THE FAIRYTALE LIVES OF RUSSIAN GIRLS: Once upon a time-in 2005-a twenty-year-old girl named Annie returned to her native Russia to brush up on the language and lose her American accent. Underneath a glamorous Post-Soviet Moscow studded with dangerously high heels, designer bags, and luxe fur coats, she discovers an enchanted motherland teeming with evil stepmothers, wicked witches, and ravenous bears. Annie must learn how to become the heroine of a story more mysterious and treacherous than any childhood fairytale: her own.

A finalist for the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls marks the Yale Rep debuts of Whiting Writers' Award winning playwright Meg Miroshnik and two-time OBIE Award winning director Rachel Chavkin, who recently staged the celebrated musical Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 in New York.

THE FAIRYTALE LIVES OF RUSSIAN GIRLS contains strong language and adult content. Please contact the Box Office at (203) 432-1234 if you have questions about the themes or content of this production.

Tickets for THE FAIRYTALE LIVES OF RUSSIAN GIRLS range from $20-98 and are available online at yalerep.org, by phone at (203) 432-1234, and in person at the Yale Rep Box Office (1120 Chapel Street, at York Street). Student, senior, and group rates are also available.


Friday, January 31 8PM

Saturday, February 1 8PM

Monday, February 3 8PM ALL TICKETS $20

Tuesday, February 4 8PM ALL TICKETS $20

Wednesday, February 5 8PM ALL TICKETS $20

Thursday, February 6 8PM

Friday, February 7 8PM Opening Night

Saturday, February 8 2PM Talk Back

Saturday, February 8 8PM

Tuesday, February 11 8PM

Wednesday, February 12 2PM Senior Reception - 1PM

Wednesday, February 12 8PM

Thursday, February 13 8PM

Friday, February 14 8PM

Saturday, February 15 2PM Open Captioning, Talk Back

Saturday, February 15 8PM

Tuesday, February 18 8PM

Wednesday, February 19 8PM

Thursday, February 20 8PM

Friday, February 21 8PM

Saturday, February 22 2PM Audio Description

Saturday, February 22 8PM

Talk Backs: Moderated Q&As with members of the company immediately following the performance.

Senior Reception: A dessert reception and presentation by members of the creative team prior to the Wednesday matinee performance.

Open Captioning: A digital display of the play's dialogue as it is spoken.

Audio Description: A live narration, via headset, of the play's action, sets, and costumes.


SOFIYA AKILOVA (MASHA) is making her Yale Rep debut. She recently received her MFA from the NYU/Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program, where some of her favorite credits include The Cherry Orchard, Arms and the Man, Restoration, All's Well That Ends Well, and All My Sons. Her film and television credits include Listen Up Philip, directed by Alex Ross Perry, and Alpha House, directed by Michael Mayer.

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