New National Theatre of Scotland Production Headlines International Festival of Arts & Ideas This June
The International Festival of Arts & Ideas June 10-25, in New Haven, CT, will once again showcase thrilling theatrical performances from around the globe along with electrifying dance and musical productions. This year's theater line-up features one world premiere and three U.S. premieres.
Headlining this year's roster is the rollicking musical play "Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour," a critically acclaimed production from the National Theatre of Scotland. It will have its U.S. premiere and run through the entire Festival. New Haven will be its only U.S. stop before its London West End premiere in early August.
Scroll down to read about highlights of the 2016 Festival's theater productions!
U.S. Premiere of "Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour"
Yale Repertory Theatre, 1120 Chapel Street, New Haven, June 10-25, 2016
Named by The Guardian as one of the top ten stage plays in the U.K. last year, the delightfully raucous "Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour" is produced by the National Theatre of Scotland and adapted by Lee Hall ("Billy Elliot") from the cult novel The Sopranos by Alan Warner. It will receive its London West End premiere in early August.
An exhilarating musical play that is both hilariously funny and poignant, "Our Ladies" is about six schoolgirls on the cusp of change. Love, lust, pregnancy, and death all spiral out of control in a single day when they venture to Edinburgh for a singing competition. With a soundtrack of classical music and 70s pop rock, featuring music by Handel, Bach, and Electric Light Orchestra, "Our Ladies" is a life-affirming piece of musical theater.
Directed by Vicky Featherstone with Music Supervisor Martin Lowe ("Once"). Lowe won a Grammy, Tony, and Olivier award for his work on "Once." Hall won a Tony, Drama Desk, and Olivier award for his work on "Billy Elliot."
"Our Ladies" premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015, winning four awards before embarking on a sell-out Scottish tour and run at Newcastle's Live Theatre.
Recommended for ages 15 and over; contains strong language and adult themes.
World Premiere of "The Square Root of Three Sisters" created and performed by Dmitry Krymov Lab and Yale School of Drama
Iseman Theater, 1156 Chapel Street, New Haven, June 21-25, 2016
Theater artists from the Dmitry Krymov Lab and Yale School of Drama join forces for the world premiere of "The Square Root of Three Sisters," a dazzling remix of Chekhovian themes. In his first English language production, internationally acclaimed director Dmitry Krymov conjures a world in which love can sweep dishes off a table, memory can make a train roar past, and a single command can change a world forever. "The Square Root of Three Sisters" is a deeply funny and achingly bittersweet meditation on home and human endurance.
U.S. Premiere of "The Money"
Quinnipiack Club, 221 Church Street, New Haven, June 18?25, 2016
In this immersive theater experience, audience members opt to buy in to participate as a benefactor or observe among silent witnesses. As the clock ticks, the benefactors have 90 minutes to decide unanimously how to spend a pot of money. If they don't agree, the money rolls over to the next audience. A Kaleider production, every outcome of "The Money" is unique.
U.S. Premiere of "The Bookbinder"
Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel Street, New Haven, June 17-19
From the award-winning New Zealand-based company Trick of the Light Theatre, comes a story of mystery, magic, and mayhem. Inspired by the works of Chris Van Allsburg ("The Polar Express") and Neil Gaiman ("Coraline"), "The Bookbinder" weaves shadow-play, paper art, puppetry, and music into an inventive performance for curious children and adventurous adults.
Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven, June 16-18, 2016
"Steel Hammer" is the latest collaboration from acclaimed composer Julia Wolfe, Obie-winning SITI Company, and the celebrated ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars. The play inventively examines key contemporary social issues through the folk song "John Henry," the legendary steel-driver who challenged a steam drill in a man versus machine contest. It serves as a potent vehicle for examining the African American experience and the malleability of myth and fact. Music and the spoken word woven with movement, dance, and percussion on a variety of surfaces, including the performers' bodies, create a highly original theatrical experience.