Yale School of Drama Presents Sondheim's SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, Now thru 12/20
Yale School of Drama (James Bundy, Dean; Victoria Nolan, Deputy Dean) presents SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, music and lyrics by Steven Sondheim, book by James Lapine, and directed by Ethan Heard, tonight, December 14 to December 20 at the University Theatre (222 York Street). Performances are Friday-Thursday at 8pm.
Sunday in the Park With George features musical direction and orchestrations by Dan Schlosberg, set design by Reid Thompson, costume design by Hunter Kaczorowski, lighting design by Oliver Wason, sound design by Keri Klick, projection design by Nicholas Hussong, dramaturgy by Dana Tanner-Kennedy, and stage management by Hannah Sullivan.
The cast includes Monique Barbee, Catherine Chiocchi, RoBert Grant, Ashton Heyl, Jeremy Lloyd, Matt mccollum, Jack Moran, Mariko Nakasone, Dan O'Brien, Marissa Neitling, Max Roll, Sophie von Haselberg, Mitchell Winter, Carly Zien, and Carmen Zilles.
Tickets, $10-$25, are available online at drama.yale.edu, by phone at (203) 432-1234, and in person at the Box Office (1120 Chapel Street at York Street).
In 1884, George Seurat painted a masterpiece by holding fast to his personal vision and disregarding everything (and everybody) else. Celebrated as a genius today, he died alone, without having ever sold a single canvas. A century later, another artist named George is adrift, despite great success. Accomplished and desired, he's lost touch with his inspiration—why, he wonders, does he make art at all? In today's culture of success and celebrity, Sondheim and Lapine's landmark musical poses a fundamental question about the "art of making art": how can an artist both stay true to himself and share his vision with the world?
Originally from Washington, D.C., Ethan Heard is a third-year MFA candidate in Directing at Yale School of Drama, where he has staged Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Justin A. Taylor's Rodeo, and Martha Jane Kaufman's Eligible Receivers. He is Artistic Director of the 2012-13 Yale Cabaret, where he previously directed The Future Gone Out of Business, Lovesong, Basement Hades, and Trannequin! A New Musical, which he co-wrote. As Co-Founder of Umbrella Hat Productions, Ethan presented the inaugural Santa Fe Theatre Festival in 2009 and directed Proof and Iphigenia and Other Daughters. Other directing includes The Gay Ivy (Dixon Place); Ardo Ardo, L'Orfeo (Yale Baroque Opera Project); Pullman WA and in a word (Williamstown Workshop); In Bocca Alla Lupa (Grotto Theatre); and Episcus & Edendus (Lively Productions). He has assisted directors Nicholas Martin, Mark Brokaw, Thomas Kail, Gilbert Blin, and Annette Jolles. As an undergraduate at Yale College, he won the Sledge Prize for Performing Arts and toured the world with the Whiffenpoofs, singing more than 200 concerts in 25 countries.