Full Cast Announced for Paul Giamatti-Led HAMLET at Yale Rep, 3/15-4/13
Yale Repertory Theatre presents Paul Giamatti in HAMLET by William Shakespeare, directed by James Bundy, at the University Theatre (222 York Street), March 15-April 13. Opening Night is Thursday, March 21, at 7:30PM.
The cast also includes Mamoudou Athie, Gerry Bamman, Chris Bannow, Jarlath Conroy, Austin Durant, Lisa Emery, Robert David Grant, FeliciTy Jones, Patrick Kerr, Marc Kudisch, Erik Lochtefeld, Michael Manuel, Brooke Parks, Paul Pryce, Tommy Schrider, Mickey Theis, Charlie Tirrell, Nicholas Tucci, Harriet Weaver, and Remsen Welsh. The musicians are Michael Compitello, Brian Ellingsen, Christopher Scanlon, Bill Solomon, and Maura Valenti.
HAMLET features original music composed by Sarah Pickett, set design by Meredith B. Ries, costumes by Jayoung Yoon, lighting by Stephen Strawbridge, sound by Keri Klick, fight direction by Rick Sordelet, vocal coaching by Grace Zandarski, movement coaching by Erica Fae, dramaturgy by Dana Tanner-Kennedy, and stage management by Geoff Boronda.
Academy Award nominee Paul Giamatti returns to the Yale Rep stage as the Prince of Denmark in HAMLET, Shakespeare's harrowing tragedy of corruption, betrayal, and madness. Haunted by a ghostly revelation that his father, the King, was murdered, Hamlet puts into motion a vengeful plan that will have devastating consequences for his family and the kingdom.
Tickets for HAMLET range from $20-96 and are available online at www.yalerep.org, by phone at (203) 432-1234, and in person at the Yale Rep Box Office (1120 Chapel Street). Student, senior, and group rates are also available.
Please note: Hamlet is Yale Rep's 2012-13 Will Power! production. The run includes four 10:15AM performances available only to high school student groups. All four 10:15AM performances are sold out. Teachers are encouraged to consider one of the regular performances (contact: Ruth M. Feldman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-432-8425.)
Friday, March 15 7:30PM Post-Show Conversation
Saturday, March 16 7:30PM
Monday, March 18 7:30PM All Tickets $20, Post-Show Conversation
Tuesday, March 19 7:30PM All Tickets $20
Wednesday, March 20 7:30PM All Tickets $20
Thursday, March 21 7:30PM Opening Night
Friday, March 22 7:30PM
Saturday, March 23 1:30PM Talk Back
Saturday, March 23 7:30PM Grad Night, Post-Show Conversation
Tuesday, March 26 7:30PM Post-Show Conversation
Wednesday, March 27 2:00PM Senior Reception begins at 1PM
Thursday, March 28 7:30PM Post-Show Conversation
Friday, March 29 7:30PM
Saturday, March 30 1:30PM Talk Back
Saturday, March 30 7:30PM Post-Show Conversation
Monday, April 1 10:15AM Will Power! - sold out
Tuesday, April 2 7:30PM
Wednesday, April 3 7:30PM
Thursday, April 4 7:30PM
Friday, April 5 7:30PM
Saturday, April 6 1:30PM Open Captioning
Monday, April 8 10:15AM Will Power! - sold out
Tuesday, April 9 10:15AM Will Power! - sold out
Wednesday, April 10 10:15AM Will Power! - sold out
Thursday, April 11 7:30PM
Friday, April 12 7:30PM
Saturday, April 13 1:30PM Audio Description
Saturday, April 13 7:30PM
MAMOUDOU ATHIE (VOLTIMAND) is a second-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where his credits include Iphigenia Among the Stars and Fox Play. New York credits include Reality Sandwiches at Dixon Place, The Wedding Reception at Columbia Stages, as well as various workshops and readings with Youngbloods, La Mama E.T.C., NYU, and Freedom TRain Productions. Regional credits include The Zoo Story, Tripolitania, Becoming Sylvia (Williamstown Theatre Festival); and The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare Theatre Company). At Yale Cabaret he was seen in The Yiddish King Lear, Funnyhouse of a Negro, and Fatal Eggs. He is co-creator of As You Like It with D.I.Y. Shakespeare with the Big Babies. Mamoudou previously studied at the William Esper Studio.
Gerry Bamman (LORD POLONIUS) Previous Yale Rep appearances include Shakespeare's Measure for Measure directed by John Madden (1980) and the world premiere of Richard Nelson's Rip Van Winkle, or The Works (1981). He received OBIE and Drama League awards and a Drama Desk nomination for best featured actor for his performance as Richard Nixon in Nixon's Nixon. He was a founding member of the Manhattan Project, one of the foremost experimental theatre companies of the 1970s, directed by Andre Gregory. His Broadway credits include Enemy of the People earlier this season (Manhattan Theatre Club), The Merchant of Venice, Uncle Vanya, Execution of Justice, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, and The Cherry Orchard. His film work includes Runaway Jury, Two Family House, Passion of Mind, Home Alone and its sequel, Lorenzo's Oil, The Secret of My Success, The Bodyguard, True Believer, Pink Cadillac, and-awaiting release-A Secret Promise and Nous York. His television credits include many appearances on Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU.
Chris Bannow (OSRIC, PLAYER, SAILOR, SOLDIER) is a second-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where his credits include Cloud Nine, Iphigenia Among the Stars, and Petty Harbour. His regional credits include A Civil War Christmas (Huntington Theatre Company); The Elephant Man with Bradley Cooper (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Speech and Debate (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater); The Winter's Tale and Three Sisters (Yale Repertory Theatre, understudy). Film: Not Fade Away. Chris is a founding member of Special Sauce Co. and D.I.Y. Shakespeare. He grew up in New Haven, received his BFA from Boston University, and will serve as Associate Artistic Director of the 2013 Summer Cabaret.
MICHAEL COMPITELLO (PERCUSSION) is guided by his passion to create new art through collaborations with composers, performers, actors, and artists in all mediums. Currently Visiting Lecturer in Percussion at Cornell University, Michael has worked with composers David Lang, John Luther Adams, Martin Bresnick, Helmut Lachenmann, Alejandro Viñao, and Marc Applebaum on premieres and performances of new works and has performed as a chamber musician and soloist in diverse locations such as the Darmstadt Summer Course, the Banff Centre, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the Kurt Weill Festival. From 2009 to 2010, Michael performed and studied contemporary chamber music with the Ensemble Modern and the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt, Germany, on a Fulbright Grant from the U.S. Department of State. In fall of 2012, he was lecturer in percussion at UMass Amherst.
Jarlath Conroy (GRAVEDIGGER, CORNELIUS) is making his Yale Rep debut. His Broadway credits include The Seagull; The Weir; The Iceman Cometh; On the Waterfront; Philadelphia, Here I Come!; The Visit; Ghetto; Macbeth; and Comedians. His Off-Broadway credits include The Coward, A Man of No Importance, Pigtown, A Life, Our Lady of Sligo, A Couple of Blaguards, Gardenia, the American premiere of Translations, and The Matchmaker. His regional theatre credits include The Homecoming; Da; The Steward of Christendom (Barrymore Award); Juno and the Paycock (Helen Hayes Award); Henry V (Helen Hayes Award nomination); Faith Healer; Molly Sweeney; Twelfth Night; Ah, Wilderness!; The Plough and the Stars; and A Christmas Carol. At the Royal Court: Cromwell and Hamlet. He has also directed productions of True West and Human Resources. His film and television appearances include True Grit (2010), Putzel, The Art of Getting By, Across the Universe, Kinsey, Stay, Day of the Dead, Heaven's Gate, Law & Order: SVU, NYPD Blue, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Beat, Summer, and A Marriage: O'Keeffe and Stieglitz.
Austin Durant (HORATIO) previously appeared at Yale Rep in American Night: The Ballad of Juan José, Death of a Salesman, and Passion Play. His other credits include War Horse (Lincoln Center Theater); Anna Christie (The Old Globe); A Doctor in Spite of Himself (Intiman Theatre); The Illusion, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Berkshire Theatre Festival); The Fantasticks (Mum Puppettheatre); Othello, Jelly's Last Jam, Romeo and Juliet (Yale School of Drama); The Who's Tommy and The Mystery of Irma Vep (Yale Summer Cabaret). His television credits include Person of Interest and Nurse Jackie. He received his BA from Temple University and his MFA from Yale School of Drama. Austin is a 2012 Leonore Annenberg Fellow.
Lisa Emery (QUEEN GERTRUDE) previously appeared at Yale Rep in The Unmentionables by Bruce Norris. Her Broadway credits include Relatively Speaking, The Smell of the Kill, The Women, Present Laughter, Jackie, Rumors, and Burn This. Her Off-Broadway credits include A Kind of Alaska, Gabriel (Atlantic Theater Company); Mouth to Mouth, Abigail's Party, Curtains (Ensemble OBIE Award), What the Butler Saw (The New Group); Iron (OBIE Award, Manhattan Theatre Club); Distracted (Roundabout Theatre Company); Dinner with Friends (Variety Arts); The Monogamist, Marvin's Room (Playwrights Horizons); and Far East (Lincoln Center Theater). Her film and television credits include The Night Listener, Roger Dodger, People I Know, Unfaithful, A Map of the World, Louie, Law & Order, Fringe, Damages, Third Watch, and Ed. Ms. Emery is a Beinecke Fellow at Yale School of Drama this spring.
Paul Giamatti (HAMLET) Previous Yale Rep credits include Shakespeare's As You Like It and Brecht's St. Joan of the Stockyards. On Broadway, he appeared in The Iceman Cometh, The Three Sisters (Roundabout Theatre Company), and Racing Demon and Arcadia (Lincoln Center Theater). His other theatre credits include The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (National Actors Theatre/Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University) and The Blues Are Running (Manhattan Theatre Club), as well as productions at La Mama E.T.C., Playwrights Horizons, Williamstown Theatre Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, and Annex Theatre. His film credits include Private Parts, The Truman Show, Saving Private Ryan, The Negotiator, Planet of the Apes, American Splendor (National Board of Review Award, Independent Spirit Award nomination), Sideways (Independent Spirit and New York Film Critics Circle awards, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations), Cinderella Man (Screen Actors Guild and Broadcast Film Critics' awards, Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations), The Illusionist, The Last Station, Barney's Version (Genie, Golden Globe awards), Win Win, The Ides of March, Rock of Ages, John Dies at the End, and Cosmopolis. Television credits include John Adams (Emmy, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild awards), 30 Rock, and Too Big to Fail (Screen Actors Guild Award, Emmy and Golden Globe nominations). Mr. Giamatti is a graduate of Yale College and Yale School of Drama, where he is a Beinecke Fellow this spring.
ROBERT David Grant (MARCELLUS, CAPTAIN) is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where his credits include Sunday in the Park with George; Cymbeline; Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika; Arcadia; Julius Caesar; and Titus Andronicus. His other credits include Christie in Love, Rey Planta (Yale Cabaret); The Great Recession, The Footage, A Light Lunch (The Flea Theater); and Hamlet and Henry IV, Part 1 (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey). Robert received his BA in English from Princeton University.
FeliciTy Jones (PLAYER QUEEN, LADY) previously appeared at Yale Rep in American Night: The Ballad of Juan José, The Winter's Tale, The Master Builder, A Woman of No Importance, Lulu, and The Ladies of the Camellias. Her New York stage credits include the Broadway production of Metamorphoses, and Off-Broadway: The Captain's Tiger (Manhattan Theatre Club), Measure for Measure (The Public Theater), and As You Like It (The Acting Company). Regional credits include The Homecoming, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, Lady Windemere's Fan (CENTERSTAGE); The Diary of Anne Frank (Westport Country Playhouse); Enrico IV (American Conservatory Theater); The Odyssey (Goodman Theatre); and Cymbeline (Hartford Stage, McCarter Theatre). She is an associate with Lattawork Productions, performing her one-woman school show Me Pluribus Unum. She was an Associate Artist for ten years at Theatre de la Jeune Lune, where she co-wrote and performed in such works as Crusoe, Friday and the Island of Hope, The Green Bird, and Children of Paradise: Shooting a Dream (the last two also seen here at Yale Rep). Film and television credits include Julie & Julia, Wonderland, Deadline, Ed, and Law & Order.
Patrick Kerr (FIRST PLAYER, PRIEST, SOLDIER) was last seen at Yale Rep in Rough Crossing. New York theatre credits include The Ritz (Roundabout Theatre Company), Jeffrey (Minetta Lane Theatre), The Devils (New York Theatre Workshop), and The Warrior Ant (Brooklyn Academy Of Music). Los Angeles theatre credits include Steve Martin's The Underpants (Geffen Playhouse), Dealer's Choice (Mark Taper Forum), Light Up the Sky (Pasadena Playhouse), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (South Coast Rep). Films include Tony Scott's Domino, Stuart Saves His Family, and Ed. His many television credits include CSI, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Crossing Jordan, Will and Grace, Seinfeld, Friends, ER, Just Shoot Me, The Drew Carey Show, and Law & Order. He may be best known for his recurring roles as Noel on Frasier and the Blind Guy on Curb Your Enthusiasm. He is a graduate of Yale School of Drama.
Marc Kudisch (GHOST OF HAMLET'S FATHER, CLAUDIUS) is making his Yale Rep debut. His Broadway credits include 9 to 5 (Tony and Drama Desk award nominations), The Apple Tree, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Tony and Outer Critic Circle award nominations), Assassins (Drama Desk nomination), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critic Circle nominations), Bells Are Ringing, The Wild Party, The Scarlet Pimpernel (3.0), High Society, Beauty and the Beast, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Recent Off-Broadway: Blue Flower (Second Stage Theater); A Minister's Wife, The Glorious Ones (Lincoln Center Theater); Girl Crazy (Encores!); A Little Night Music, The Pirates of Penzance (New York City Opera); and See What I Wanna See (The Public Theater, Drama Desk Award nomination). Recent regional theatre: Tartuffe (Westport Country Playhouse), Golden Age (The Kennedy Center), and A Little Night Music (Los Angeles Opera). Television: Gossip Girl, Smash, Blue Bloods, Sex and the City, Late Night with David Letterman, Break In (Lifetime), As the World Turns, All My Children, and Bye Bye Birdie. Mr. Kudisch is a Beinecke Fellow at Yale School of Drama this spring.
Erik Lochtefeld (ROSENCRANTZ, SOLDIER) last appeared at Yale Rep in Safe in Hell. He appeared on Broadway in Metamorphoses. Other theatre credits include Melancholy Play (13P), February House (The Public Theater and Long Wharf, Connecticut Critics Circle Award), The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci (Second Stage Theatre), But I'm a Cheerleader (New York Musical Theatre Festival), and Powerhouse (New York International Fringe Festival). Recent regional credits include Candide (Goodman Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Huntington Theatre), Ethan Frome (Lookingglass Theatre), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Hartford Stage), Abe Lincoln in Illinois (Intiman Theatre), How Shakespeare Won the West (Huntington Theatre), These Shining Lives (CENTERSTAGE), The Pillowman and The Glass Menagerie (Bay Area Critics Award nomination), both at Berkeley Rep, as well as work at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, California Shakespeare Theater, Two River Theater Company, McCarter Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Rep, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and Williamstown Theatre Festival, among others. Television credits include All My Children, Third Watch, and Law & Order.
Michael Manuel (GUILDENSTERN, SOLDIER) is happy to return to Yale Rep, where his credits include Summer and Smoke, Edward II, and Search and Destroy. He was most recently seen in Eurydice at South Coast Rep. Michael has worked in regional theatres across the country but spends the bulk of his time in Los Angeles, where he has worked with the Mark Taper Forum, Cornerstone, A Noise Within (Dramalogue and LA Critics Circle awards), Geffen Playhouse, Upright Citizens Brigade, Interact Theatre Company (LA Weekly and Ovation awards), Pasadena Playhouse, Main Street Players, About Productions, Parson's Nose, and Impro Theatre. Some of his television and movie credits include Without a Trace, Medium, National Treasure, Los Americans, and the upcoming feature Wins a Lot. Michael is a graduate of Yale School of Drama.
BROOKE PARKS (OPHELIA) is a member of The Acting Company at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where her credits include Helen of Troy and Andromache in Troilus and Cressida; Princess of France in Henry V; Doctor Kaya in The Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa; Mariana in Measure for Measure; Marullus, Brutus Decius, and Titinius in Julius Caesar; Caroline Bingley in Pride and Prejudice; and Viola in Twelfth Night. Her other stage credits include Helena in A Midsummer Night?s Dream, Georgette in The School for Wives, Antoinette in A Flea in Her Ear, Ermengarde in The Matchmaker (A Noise Within); Sylvia in The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Illinois Shakespeare Festival); Hilda in The Autumn Garden and Giulia in The Vize (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Ms. Parks is a graduate of Yale School of Drama, where she played Tamora in Titus Andronicus, Rossignol in Marat/Sade, Arkadina in The Seagull, and Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town.
PAUL PRYCE (FORTINBRAS, PLAYER KING) is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where he has appeared in Iphigenia Among the Stars, Twelfth Night or What You Will, Cymbeline, Julius Caesar, Othello, Fox Play, and Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika. He has toured the U.S. in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and has worked extensively in theatre in New York City over the last seven years. His other credits include and The Game Room, Funnyhouse of a Negro, The Island (Yale Cabaret); the world premiere of Pre-Disposal by John Prescod, Pecong featuring Tony Award-winner Lillias White (National Black Theatre of Harlem); and Harry The Hunk On His Way Out (Cherry Lane Theatre). Paul is a native of Trinidad and Tobago, where some of his credits include Carnival Messiah, Jesus Christ Superstar, and MANtalk. In Trinidad and Tobago he produced and starred in the Caribbean classic Smile Orange (2011) and last summer produced Rum and Coca Cola.
CHRISTOPHER SCANLON (TRUMPET), based in New York City, is a member of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, South Florida Symphony Orchestra, Shrine Big Band in Harlem, and a founding member of the Blink Ensemble. He has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Springfield Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Miami Symphony, Symphony in C; as principal with the Boston Lyric Opera, Singapore Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Vermont Symphony, Opera North, and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. As a soloist he has performed with the Garden State Philharmonic and Spectrum Symphony of New York and recorded new music with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Callithumpian Consort. As a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, he received the Roger Voisin Award and has also performed at Artosphere, Spoleto USA, Banff, and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. Scanlon studied with Mark Gould, Marie Speziale, and Thomas Rolfs.
Tommy Schrider (LAERTES) previously appeared at Yale Rep in the world premiere of Kirsten Greenidge's Bossa Nova and RoBert Woodruff's production of Battle of Black and Dogs. His New York credits include War Horse on Broadway; Macbeth (Theatre for a New Audience); Septimus and Clarissa (Baruch Performing Arts Center/Ripe Time); Close Ties (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Acts of Mercy, St. Crispin's Day (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); She Stoops to Conquer, Pigtown (Irish Rep); RACE (Classic Stage Company); as well as productions at Abingdon Theatre Company, Culture Project, 37 Arts, among others. Regional theatre credits include productions at South Coast Rep, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Huntington Theatre Company, Westport Country Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Willamstown Theatre Festival, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Syracuse Stage, Portland Center Stage, Virginia Stage, Hangar Theatre, TheatreWorks, and Pioneer Theatre Company. International: Andrews Lane, Dublin. Film and television credits include The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom, Person of Interest, Medium, Numb3rs, Law & Order, Whoopi, and As the World Turns. He received his MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program.
BILL SOLOMON (PERCUSSION), a Hartford-area percussionist, performs with Ensemble Signal, having appeared at Tanglewood, Miller Theatre, June in Buffalo, Eastman School of Music, Guggenheim Museum, Merkin Hall, Cleveland Museum of Art, EMPAC, and (Le) Poisson Rouge with Helmut Lachenmann, Steve Reich, Irvine Arditti, Charles Wuorinen, and others. He performed the solo vibraphone part for Pierre Boulez's Répons in collaboration with the Lucerne Festival, IRCAM, and Ensemble InterContemporain with Mr. Boulez as conductor. His ensemble and festival appearances include Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, Talujon Percussion, Vigil Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, Wordless Music Orchestra, Bang on a Can Marathon, Sebago-Long Lake Chamber Festival, Percussive Arts Society International Conference, Pixelerations, Music with a View, Tune In Festival and Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. His recordings can be found on the Mode, EUROArts, Cantaloupe, Naxos, New World, Capstone, Tzigane, and Equilibrium labels, as well as Philip Glass's soundtrack to the documentary Project Rebirth.
MICKEY THEIS (BARNARDO, PLAYER, SAILOR, GENTLEMAN, SOLDIER) is a second-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where his credits include Vieux Carré, Blueberry Toast, and The Bachelors. Yale Cabaret credits include Cowboy Mouth, This: An Interview Project, reWilding, Secret in the Wings, and Clutch Yr Amplified Heart Tightly and Pretend. Mickey is a former member of Motel Motel, a band with which he toured internationally and recorded The Big Island (2010) and New Denver (2008). He holds a BA in literary studies from Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts.
CHARLIE TIRRELL (FRANCISCO, SOLDIER, ENSEMBLE) is making his Yale Rep debut. Theatre credits include A Christmas Carol (Hartford Stage); Uncle Vanya, The Front Page (Long Wharf); Much Ado About Nothing, Sherwood (Elm Shakespeare Company); Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Driving Miss Daisy, The Shadow Box, La Cage Aux Folles, Jekyll & Hyde, Oliver, Annie (Warner Stage Company); 1776 (Goodspeed Musicals); A Few Good Men, The Dresser (Thomaston Opera House); Twelve Angry Men (Torrington Civic Theatre); Johnny Guitar (Seven Angels Theatre); four productions of The Music Man as Harold Hill; as well as various staged readings for Berkshire Playwrights Lab and Aglet Theatre Company. He is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.
NICHOLAS TUCCI (MESSENGER, SOLDIER, ENSEMBLE) is making his Yale Rep debut. His theatre credits include Dead, Therefore I Am and Mala (Last Lion Productions); The Three Musketeers, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, The Tempest, Macbeth (Elm Shakespeare Company); A Midsummer Night's Dream (ArtFarm Theater); Epilogue (Bailiwick Theater); and Criminality (Keyhole Players). His film credits include You're Next, The Worst Year of My Life, Sick Day, Currency Rising, Undocumented, Choose, Breast Picture, The Red Machine, A Hatful of Rain, War Cry, and Gandhi at the Bat. He is a graduate of Yale College.
MAURA VALENTI (HARP) is currently based in New Haven. A graduate of the Yale School of Music, she also holds a Bachelor of Music with Scholastic Distinction from The Juilliard School, and her principal harp teachers have been Nancy Allen, June Han, and Rebecca Flannery. Maura enjoys a diverse career as an orchestral musician and as an enthusiastic member of the new music community. She has performed with the critically acclaimed new music ensembles NOVUS NY and Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, and most recently, has been heard as a member of the Connecticut-based experimental music quartet Large Objects. In December 2012, Maura co-founded Orchestra Sempiternam, an ensemble committed to using music to unite, to heal, and to work to affect meaningful change in the wake of unfathomable tragedy.
HARRIET WEAVER (ENSEMBLE) is thrilled to be making her professional theatre debut. She is in her final semester at Yale College, where she has performed in thirteen undergraduate productions, and majors in theater studies. Harriet trained at Circle in the Square Theatre School in the summer of 2011.
REMSEN WELSH (PLAYER) is happy to return to Yale Rep, where she previously appeared in Liz Diamond's production of The Winter's Tale and was an understudy for Bossa Nova. Her other stage credits include The Library Project, VaudeVillian (A Broken Umbrella Theatre); A Civil War Christmas (Long Wharf Theatre, understudy; New Haven Theater Company); and The Hundred Dresses directed by Lara Morton. She also worked exclusively with Wilhelmina Models in New York and was featured in a children's music video.
James Bundy (DIRECTOR) is in his eleventh year as Dean of Yale School of Drama and Artistic Director of Yale Repertory Theatre. In his first ten seasons, Yale Rep has produced more than thirty world, American, and regional premieres, six of which have been honored by the Connecticut Critics Circle with the award for Best Production of the year, and two of which have been Pulitzer Prize finalists. During this time, Yale Rep has also commissioned more than forty artists to write new work and provided low-cost theatre tickets and classroom visits to thousands of middle and high school students from Greater New Haven through Will Power!, an educational program initiated in 2004. In addition to Yale Rep, he has also directed productions at Great Lakes Theater Festival, The Acting Company, California Shakespeare Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and The Juilliard School Drama Division. A recipient of the Connecticut Critics Circle's Tom Killen Award for extraordinary contributions to Connecticut professional theatre in 2007, Mr. Bundy currently serves on the board of directors of Theatre Communications Group, the national service organization for nonprofit theatre. Previously, he worked as Associate Producing Director of The Acting Company, Managing Director of Cornerstone Theater Company, and Artistic Director of Great Lakes Theater Festival. He is a graduate of Harvard College; he trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and Yale School of Drama.
Sarah Pickett (COMPOSER) previously served as composer and sound designer for Yale Rep's production of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance and also designed the sound for Death of a Salesman and Richard II. Her other theatre credits in sound design and/or composition include Zero Hour, Pericles (Yale School of Drama); Max Out Loud, The Bacchae (Yale Cabaret); Much Ado About Nothing (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); All's Well That Ends Well, Twelfth Night, The Cure at Troy, Of Mice and Men, Shakespeare's Will (American Players Theatre); The Life & Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, All My Sons, The Importance of Being Earnest (PlayMakers Repertory Company); The Winter's Tale (Asolo Repertory Theatre); Gypsy (Drury Lane Oakbrook); We are Proud to Present... (Victory Gardens); Aliens with Extraordinary Skills (Women's Project); Macbeth, Measure for Measure, Othello (Theatre for a New Audience); No Child... (Capital Repertory Theater and Hangar Theatre); The Santaland Diaries, Red (Portland Center Stage); To Kill a Mockingbird (Dallas Theater Center); and Italian American Reconciliation (Long Wharf Theatre). She received her BFA from Syracuse University, her MA from Cornell University, and her MFA from Yale School of Drama. She is a faculty member teaching sound design and music composition at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama.
MEREDITH B. RIES (SCENIC DESIGNER) is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama. Her credits include Cymbeline, Titus Andronicus (Yale School of Drama); Cowboy Mouth, The Fatal Eggs (lighting design), Brainsongs, Underneath the Lintel, Hong Kong Dinosaur, Dorian Gray (Yale Cabaret); The Animals (production design, National Headquarters Films); bobrauschenbergamerica (Chicago Fusion Theatre); The Dome (Prospect Theater Company); and Better Angels (Polybe + Seats). Props credits include Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Merchant of Venice (The Public Theater); An Oresteia (Classic Stage Company); Animals out of Paper and Len Asleep in Vinyl (Second Stage Theatre Uptown). Meredith has also worked with Lincoln Center Theater, Elevator Repair Service, and Target Margin Theater. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago.
JAYOUNG YOON (COSTUME DESIGNER) is from South Korea. She is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where she designed the costumes for Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights and Titus Andronicus. Yale Cabaret: Cowboy Mouth. Her other work in the U.S. includes Beneath the Skin (Hybrid Theatre Ensemble), The Ophelia Project (Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation), The Crave (Prism Theatre), and Anon(ymous) (Galvin Playhouse). Her work was featured in the 2011 Prague Quadrennial Scenofest Student exhibit and in the Young Designers' Forum at USITT 2010. She has worked in various play, opera, and dance productions as an assistant costume designer through The Juilliard School Professional Intern Program. She holds a BFA in costume design from Arizona State University.
Stephen Strawbridge (LIGHTING DESIGNER) Mr. Strawbridge's work has been seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and at most leading regional theatres and opera houses across the country. Internationally he has designed the lighting for major premieres in Bergen, Copenhagen, The Hague, Hong Kong, Linz, Lisbon, Munich, Naples, Sao Paulo, Stockholm, and Vienna. Recent work includes January Joiner and Satchmo at the Waldorf for Long Wharf Theatre; Azimuth for Pilobolus Dance Theatre; Madame Butterfly for Los Angeles Opera; Strange Interlude for The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, DC; Athol Fugard's The Train Driver and The Blood Knot, both directed by the author at the Signature Theatre in New York; and Krapp's Last Tape with Brian Dennehy at Long Wharf. He has been recognized with numerous awards and nominations including the American Theatre Wing, Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, Connecticut Critics Circle, Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum, Helen Hayes, Henry Hewes Design, and Lucille Lortel. He is co-chair of the design department at Yale School of Drama and resident lighting designer for Yale Repertory Theatre.
KERI KLICK (SOUND DESIGNER) is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where her credits include Sunday in the Park with George, Petty Harbour, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Jib, and Twelfth Night or What You Will. At Yale Rep, she was the sound engineer and assistant sound designer for Three Sisters. Yale Cabaret credits include Trannequin! A New Musical and Rey Planta, among others. Keri was the sound designer and composer for The Dwight/Edgewood Project in 2011 and 2012. Originally from Queens, New York, Keri is a graduate of SUNY Purchase, where she earned a BM in studio production and a BA in performing arts management. Her undergraduate credits include Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, Confession, and The Rocky Horror Purchase Show (P.A.C.). She is the artistic director of a non-profit organization called The Global Sound Project, which seeks to promote the study of ethnomusicology and to bridge cultural gaps through the sharing of everyday sounds. The Global Sound Project was the recipient of a 2011 Impact Award. theglobalsoundproject.org
Rick Sordelet (FIGHT DIRECTOR) Broadway: over fifty productions, including Disney's The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, The Little Mermaid, and Aida. More than fifty productions all over the world, including Cyrano de Bergerac starring Placido Domingo at the Metropolitan Opera, The Royal Opera House, and La Scala in Milan. Stunt coordinator for the films The Game Plan starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Dan in Real Life starring Steve Carell and Juliette Binoche, and Hamlet starring Campbell Scott. He served as the chief stunt coordinator for Guiding Light. Rick sits on the board of the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and is a company member of Drama Dept. He teaches at Yale School of Drama, The New School for Drama, and The Neighborhood Playhouse; and he is the author of the play Buried Treasure. Rick is a proud recipient of the Edith Oliver Award for Sustained Excellence from the Lucille Lortel Foundation. He is married to actress Kathleen Kelly and has three children: Kaelan, Christian, and Collin.
GRACE ZANDARSKI (VOCAL COACH) has been a member of the Voice and Speech faculty at Yale School of Drama since 2002. Her vocal coaching credits include Mike Nichols's recent production of Death of a Salesman on Broadway; The Comedy of Errors, The Master Builder, Romeo and Juliet, Three Sisters, and The Winter's Tale at Yale Rep; as well as productions at the Signature Theatre Company, The Public Theater, New Victory Theatre, McCarter Theatre, and BAM. Grace also serves on the faculty of Fordham University. She has taught master classes for the Lincoln Center Director's Lab and The Public Theater's Shakespeare Lab. She was named Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework in 1998. In addition, she continues to work as an actor and director. Acting credits include the McCarter Theatre, Wilma Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and American Conservatory Theater. Education: MFA, American Conservatory Theater; BA, Princeton University.
ERICA FAE (MOVEMENT COACH) is an actor and theatre and film maker whose recent play, Take What Is Yours, was developed in residencies and/or readings at New Georges, IRT, New York Theatre Workshop, and the New Ohio Theatre. It premiered at 59E59 Theaters and is currently touring. Fae's original work has also been performed at Dance Theater Workshop, The Culture Project, HERE (where she was a resident HARP artist), and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As filmmaker, Fae's Christine 1403 won Best Short at Salento, and her performance in it was awarded Best Actress at the BAC Film Festival/Brooklyn Museum. Numerous additional film credits include Synecdoche, New York; The Savages; Little Children; and Please Give. She teaches Grotowski-based physical training at Yale School of Drama and The New School and will be teaching a Master Class for the Siti Company this April. She is also co-founder of anecdota with Jill A. Samuels, making theatre and film inspired by visually poetic storytelling mined from historic and physical research.
DANA TANNER-KENNEDY (PRODUCTION DRAMATURG) is a second-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where her credits include Sunday in the Park with George and Fen. She recently served as Dramaturg and Associate Artistic Director for the 2012 Summer Cabaret, and she is a Managing Editor of Theater magazine. Other dramaturgy credits include Urge for Going (The Public Theater); Tartuffe, Suddenly Last Summer, Dinner with Friends (Westport Country Playhouse); Psychos Never Dream (Kitchen Dog Theater, Dallas); Romeo and Juliet and Othello (Shakespeare Dallas). She spent five seasons in the education department at Dallas Theater Center, serving as Associate Director for two, and interned in the literary offices of Atlantic Theater Company and The Public Theater in New York.
GEOFF BORONDA (STAGE MANAGER) is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association and a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where his credits include Fox Play, Much Ado About Nothing, Eurydice, Blacktop Sky, and Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika. His other theatre credits include Dear Elizabeth, A Doctor in Spite of Himself (assistant stage manager, Yale Repertory Theatre); Rent, Altar Boyz (Papermill Theatre); Beautiful Star; and The Blonde, the Brunette, and the Vengeful Redhead (Triad Stage). He received his BFA in technical production from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Yale Repertory Theatre is dedicated to the production of new plays and bold interpretations of classics and has produced well over 100 premieres-including two Pulitzer Prize winners and four other nominated finalists-by emerging and established playwrights. Eleven Yale Rep productions have advanced to Broadway, garnering more than 40 Tony Award nominations and eight Tony Awards. Yale Rep is also the recipient of the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Established in 2008, Yale's Binger Center for New Theatre is an artist-driven initiative that devotes major resources to the commissioning, development, and production of new plays and musicals at Yale Repertory Theatre and across the country-including this season's Marie Antoinette by David Adjmi, Dear Elizabeth by Sarah Ruhl, and Bill Camp and RoBert Woodruff's new adaptation of In a Year with 13 Moons by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Professional assignments at Yale Repertory Theatre are integral components of the program at Yale School of Drama, the nation's leading graduate theatre training conservatory.