Yale Rep Concludes 50th Anniversary Season with World Premiere of MARY JANE

Yale Repertory Theatre (James Bundy, Artistic Director; Victoria Nolan, Managing Director) concludes its 50th Anniversary Season with the world premiere of Mary Jane by Amy Herzog, directed by Anne Kauffman, April 28 through May 20 at Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street). Opening Night is Friday, May 5.

The cast of Mary Jane includes Kathleen Chalfant, Emily Donahoe, Vella Lovell, Miriam Silverman, and Shona Tucker.

The production features sets by Laura Jellinek; costumes by Emily Rebholz; lighting by ElizaBeth Green; sound by Ian Scot; dramaturgy by Amy Boratko; technical direction by Harrison Beauregard; dialect coaching by Ron Carlos; wig, and hair design by Dave Bova and J. Jared Janas; casting by Tara Rubin Casting; and stage management by Rebekah Heusel.

ABOUT Mary Jane

As Mary Jane (Emily Donahue) navigates both the mundane and the unfathomable realities of caring for Alex, her chronically ill young son, she finds herself building a community of women from many walks of life. Mary Jane is Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Herzog's remarkably powerful and compassionate portrait of a contemporary American woman striving for grace.

Mary Jane was commissioned by Yale Rep. Development and production support are provided by Yale's Binger Center for New Theatre.

TICKET INFORMATION AND PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Tickets for Mary Jane range from $12-99 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). Student, senior, and group rates are also available.

Friday, April 28 8PM Preview, Post-Show Conversation
Saturday, April 29 8PM Preview, Post-Show Conversation
Monday, May 1 8PM Preview, All Tickets $12-20
Tuesday, May 2 8PM Preview, All Tickets $12-20
Wednesday, May 3 8PM Preview, All Tickets $12-20
Thursday, May 4 8PM Preview, All Tickets $12-20
Friday, May 5 8PM Opening
Saturday, May 6 2PM Talk Back
Saturday, May 6 8PM
Tuesday, May 9 8PM
Wednesday, May 10 2PM Senior Reception
Wednesday, May 10 8PM
Thursday, May 11 8PM
Friday, May 12 8PM
Saturday, May 13 2PM Audio Described, Talk Back
Saturday, May 13 8PM
Tuesday, May 16 8PM
Wednesday, May 17 8PM
Thursday, May 18 8PM
Friday, May 19 8PM
Saturday, May 20 2PM Open Captioned
Saturday, May 20 8PM

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM

Amy Herzog (Playwright) Plays include 4000 Miles (Lincoln Center Theater; OBIE Award for the Best New American Play, Pulitzer Prize finalist), After the Revolution (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Playwrights Horizons; Lilly Award), The Great God Pan (Playwrights Horizons), and Belleville (Yale Rep, New York Theatre Festival; Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist; Drama Desk Award nomination). Amy is a recipient of the Whiting Writers Award, the Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Helen Merrill Award, the Joan and Joseph Cullman Award for Extraordinary Creativity, and the New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award. She is a Usual Suspect at NYTW and an alumna of Youngblood, Play Group at Arts Nova, and the Soho Rep. Writer/Director Lab. She received her MFA from Yale School of Drama, where she currently teaches.

Anne Kauffman (Director) Previous Yale Rep productions include Belleville (also at New York Theatre Workshop, Steppenwolf Theatre Company) and We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Other credits include A Life, Maple and Vine, Detroit, Your Mother's Copy of the Kama Sutra, Marjorie Prime (Playwrights Horizons); The Nether (MCC Theater); The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window (Goodman Theatre); Smokefall (MCC, Goodman Theatre, South Coast Rep); Buzzer (The Public Theater); You Got Older (P73 Productions); 100 Days (Z Space, The Know Theater); The Muscles in Our Toes (LAByrinth Theater Company); Somewhere Fun (Vineyard Theatre); God's Ear (Vineyard, New Georges); Stunning, Slowgirl (LCT3); You Better Sit Down: Tales from My Parents' Divorce (The Civilians at Williamstown Theatre Festival, ArtsEmerson, The Flea); and And No More Shall We Part (Williamstown). She recently directed her first film, Buzzer, a short based on the play by Tracey Scott Wilson. Anne is a founding member of The Civilians, a Clubbed Thumb Associate Artist, where she helped create the CT Directing Fellowship, a New Georges Associate Artist, a Sundance Program Associate, member of the Artistic Council of Soho Rep, and an Executive Board Member of the SDC. Awards include OBIEs for Directing and for Sustained Excellence, the Joan and Joseph Cullman Award for Exceptional Creativity from Lincoln Center, the Alan Schneider Director Award, and two Barrymore Awards.

Laura Jellinek (Scenic Designer) New York credits include The Antipodes, Everybody (Signature Theatre); The Wolves (Playwrights Realm); A Life, Marjorie Prime, The Light Years (Playwrights Horizons); The Nether (Lortel nomination, MCC Theater); The Village Bike (MCC Theater); Buzzer (The Public Theater); Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova, Signature Center); multiple projects with Daniel Fish, The Debate Society, and The Mad Ones. Regional credits include Bard SummerScape, Cincinnati Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, South Coast Rep. Opera: Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Atlanta Opera, Juilliard. Upcoming projects with Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Roundabout Theatre Company. Laura has an OBIE for Sustained Excellence in Design and received her MFA from NYU.

Emily Rebholz (Costume Designer) Broadway credits include Indecent (also at Yale Rep); Dear Evan Hansen; Oh, Hello on Broadway; If/Then; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Recent Off-Broadway: The Tempest, Into the Woods (The Public Theater/Shakespeare in the Park); Nice Girl (LAByrinth Theater Company); Pretty Filthy (The Civilians); Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature Theatre); The Who & The What, Stop Hitting Yourself (Lincoln Center Theater); Your Mother's Copy of the Kama Sutra, Mr. Burns (Playwrights Horizons); The Way We Get By, The Substance of Fire, and The Last Five Years (Second Stage). Recent regional work: Another Word For Beauty (Goodman Theatre), Don Giovanni (Santa Fe Opera), La Bohème (Opera Theatre of St. Louis), Morning Star (Cincinnati Opera) and Yardbird (Opera Philadelphia). In addition, she has designed costumes at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Lincoln Center, Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage Theatre, Roundabout Theatre, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Ars Nova, Atlantic Theater Company, The Old Globe, A.R.T., Williamstown Theatre Festival, and The Goodman Theatre. MFA, Yale School of Drama. emilyrebholz.com

ElizaBeth Green (Lighting Designer) is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where her credits include The Three Sisters, New Domestic Architecture, The Oresteia and The Winter's Tale. Other credits include The Secretaries and Sister Sandman Please (Yale Cabaret). Elizabeth has a BA in stage management from Western Michigan University.

IAN SCOT (Sound Designer) is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where his credits include Othello, Blood Wedding, Some Bodies Travel, This Land Was Made, and The Merchant of Venice. Other credits include compositions and sound designs for Purple Eyes and The Little Edelweiss (Proyecto Teatro and touring Texas); Boy Gets Violent (Ars Nova ANTFEST); Dutch Masters, Roberto Zucco, Moon Song, 50:13 (Yale Cabaret); other installations, compositions, and performances at Yale University Art Gallery, Boston Conservatory, Texas A&M University, Florida State University, Midnight Laboratory, A+D Gallery Chicago, and A + D Gallery in Chicago, to name a few. Ian is a composer and sound designer specializing in the development of new works. MA, interdiscpinary arts, Columbia College Chicago.

AMY BORATKO (Production Dramaturg) is the Literary Manager at Yale Rep and has previously served as dramaturg on the Yale Rep productions of Imogen Says Nothing, peerless, Indecent, War, The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, Dear Elizabeth, The Realistic Joneses, Good Goods, Belleville, Autumn Sonata, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Battle of Black and Dogs, Compulsion, Notes from Underground, A Woman of No Importance, Eurydice, and The Cherry Orchard. Other dramaturgy credits include The Time of Your Life, The Summer People, Romeo and Juliet, The War Is Over (Yale School of Drama), as well as Voice and Vision's ENVISION Retreat at Bard College. She has been a teaching fellow at Yale College and Yale School of Drama and was a managing editor of Theater magazine. A graduate of Rice University, she received her MFA in dramaturgy and dramatic criticism from Yale School of Drama.

HARRY BEAUREGARD (Technical Director) is a second-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama. At Yale Repertory Theatre, he has served as assistant technical director for the world premiere of peerless and was associate production manager last fall. He was the Main Stage assistant technical director for the Williamstown Theatre Festival's 2016 season. He has also worked for The Public Theater, the Atlantic Theater Company, St. Ann's Warehouse, and Mabou Mines, in addition to numerous New York commercial scene shops.

Ron Carlos (Dialect Coach) is a New York-based voice, speech, and dialect coach. He is currently a lecturer in acting at Yale School of Drama and has taught at Harvard University, City College of New York, Marymount Manhattan College, the Atlantic Theatre School (NYU/Tisch School of the Arts), the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and The National Student Leadership Conference. Coaching credits include The Glass Menagerie and It's Only a Play on Broadway; Gently Down the Stream, Party People, Sweat, Plenty, Privacy (The Public Theater); The Capables (Judson Gym); Assassins, Seven Guitars, War (Yale Rep); The Piano Lesson (Hartford Stage); Misalliance, Love's Labour's Lost (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); The Lily's Revenge, The Snow Queen (American Repertory Theater); "Master Harold"...and the Boys (Gloucester Stage Company); television: Orange Is the New Black (Netflix), Madam Secretary (CBS), Power (STARZ), Unforgettable (CBS) and Fringe (Fox); and film: Look Away. He received his MFA in voice and speech pedagogy from the American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard University and is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework.

Dave Bova (Wig and Hair Designer) Broadway credits include Sunset Boulevard, Violet, and The Real Thing. Off-Broadway: Little Miss Sunshine, Here Lies Love, Buried Child, Pericles, What I Did Last Summer, Bootycandy, The Killer, My Name Is Asher Lev, Good Person of Szechwan, Romeo and Juliet. Regional: Marie Antoinette (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Hamlet (The Wilma Theater); Les Misérables and The Light in the Piazza (Weston Playhouse). Tours: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 42nd Street, Ragtime, The Addams Family, Camelot, Rock of Ages, and Spamalot.

J. Jared Janas (Wig and Hair Designer) Broadway credits include Bandstand, Indecent, Sunset Boulevard, The Visit, The Real Thing, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, Motown, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, Peter and the Starcatcher, All About Me, and Next to Normal. Off-Broadway: Himself and Nora, Invisible Thread, Perfect Arrangement, The Tempest, Pretty Flthy, and Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3. Film and TV: God's Pocket, Lola Versus, Angelica, Mozart in the Jungle, Gotham, Inside Amy Schumer, and 30 Rock.

Tara Rubin Casting (CASTING DIRECTOR) has been casting at Yale Rep since 2004. Selected Broadway: Falsettos; A Bronx Tale; Dear Evan Hansen; Cats; Disaster!; School of Rock; Dr Zhivago; It Shoulda Been You; Gigi; Bullets Over Broadway; Aladdin; Les Misérables; Mothers and Sons; Big Fish; The Heiress; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; A Little Night Music; Billy Elliot; Shrek; Guys and Dolls; Young Frankenstein; The Little Mermaid; Mary Poppins; Spamalot; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; The Producers; Mamma Mia!; Jersey Boys; The Phantom of the Opera. Off-Broadway: Here Lies Love; Old Jews Telling Jokes; Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Bucks County Playhouse.

REBEKAH HEUSEL (Stage Manager) is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where her credits include Women Beware Women, Paradise Lost, and Preston Montfort-An American Tragedy. Other credits include Knives in Hens (Yale Cabaret), The Little Mermaid Jr. (Children's Theatre Company), Blessing (The Yale Institute for Music Theatre), and Opera Scenes (Yale Opera). Rebekah earned her BA in classics and theatre from Knox College.

ABOUT THE CAST

Kathleen Chalfant (Ruthie, Tenkei) previously appeared at Yale Rep in A Delicate Balance, Passion Play, and All's Well That Ends Well. Broadway: Angels in America (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Racing Demon, Dance With Me. Other New York credits: Rose (Drama Desk nomination),Wit (also New Haven, London, and Los Angeles; Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Connecticut Critics Circle, OBIE, and Ovation Awards), A Walk in the Woods (Drama Desk nomination), Tales from Red Vienna, Miss Ovington and Dr. Dubois, Somewhere Fun, Red Dog Howls (also Los Angeles, Ovation Award), Painting Churches, Talking Heads (OBIE Award), Vita and Virginia, Dead Man's Cell Phone, Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell, Bloomer Girl, Nine Armenians (Drama Desk nomination), Far Away, Twelve Dreams, Henry V (Callaway Award), The Vagina Monologues, True History and Real Adventures, Phaedra in Delirium, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Endgame, The Party, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All for You, and The Investigation of the Murder in El Salvador. Select regional theatre: McCarter, Berkley Rep, Guthrie, Long Wharf, Arena Stage, Hartford Stage, Mark Taper Forum, ATL, Sundance Lab. Select film and television: Class Rank, Isn't it Delicious?, R.I.P.D., The Bath, In Bed with Ulysses, Lillian, Duplicity, The People Speak, Lackawanna Blues, Perfect Stranger, The Last New Yorker, Second Guessing Grandma, Dark Water, Kinsey, The Laramie Project, Random Hearts, A Price Below Rubies, Murder and Murder, Doubt, The Affair, Madam Secretary, Law and Order, The Strain, The Americans, House of Cards, Rescue Me, The Book of Daniel, The Guardian, Forever, Heartbreaker, Elementary, Mercy, Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight, Benjamin Franklin, Georgia O'Keeffe, Voices from the White House, A Death in the Family, Storm of the Century. She has received the 1996 OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence, 2004 Lucille Lortel Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance, 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the League of Professional Women, the Drama League and Sidney Kingsley Awards for her body of work; and she holds an honorary doctorate in humane letters from The Cooper Union.

Emily Donahoe (Mary Jane) is making her Yale Rep debut. Broadway: 33 Variations. Off-Broadway: The Christians (Playwrights Horizons, OBIE Award); Queens Boulevard (the musical) (Signature Theatre); The Attic (Play Company); Great Expectations (Theatreworks); Deathbed, Apparition (Apparition Productions); The Hasty Heart (Keen Company). Regional: The Christians (Mark Taper, Humana Festival); Maple and Vine (American Conservatory Theater); In the Wake (Center Theatre Group, Berkeley Repertory Theatre); Other Desert Cities, Shakespeare in Hollywood (Arena Stage, Helen Hayes Award); Wintertime (La Jolla Playhouse); Honour, The Glass Menagerie (Berkeley Repertory Theatre); and Philadelphia, Here I Come! (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Film and television: High Maintenance, Handsome Harry, Zelimo, Weeki Wachi Girls, Bull, Law & Order: SVU, Homeland, As the World Turns. MFA: University of California, San Diego. AB: Vassar College. Ms. Donahoe is a Beinecke Fellow at Yale School of Drama this spring.

VELLA LOVELL (Amelia, Kat) is excited to be making her Yale Rep debut. Her theatre credits include The Bacchae at The Delacorte Theatre, The Great Recession at The Flea Theatre, and A Streetcar Named Desire at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Television credits include the critically acclaimed CW show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, as well as guest spots on HBO's Girls and TV Land's Younger. She will appear in the upcoming Judd Appatow film The Big Sick, as well as the independent films Literally, Right Before Aaron and All These Small Moments. Vella holds a BFA from NYU and is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School.

Miriam Silverman (Brianne, Chaya) made her Yale Rep debut last season in the world premiere of The Moors. New York credits include Tiny Beautiful Things, Hamlet (The Public Theater); A Delicate Ship (The Playwrights Realm); Everything You Touch (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); You Got Older (Page 73); The Hour of All Things, Finks (Ensemble Studio Theatre; Drama Desk nomination, Outstanding Actress); Septimus and Clarissa (Ripe Time); The Witch of Edmonton (Red Bull Theater); and Bone Portraits (Walkerspace). Regional credits include The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window (Goodman Theatre); Extremities, Moonchildren (Berkshire Theatre Festival); Peer Gynt (Guthrie Theater); Awake and Sing! (Arena Stage); As You Like It (Folger Theatre); and numerous productions with Trinity Rep. Miriam is a Shakespeare Theatre Company Affiliated Artist where her credits include Measure for Measure, All's Well That Ends Well, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, As You Like It, the world premiere of David Ives's The Liar, and The Dog in the Manger (Helen Hayes nomination). Film and television credits include Elementary, Pan Am, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Better Days Ahead. She holds both a BA and MFA from Brown University and is a recipient of the 2011 TCG Fox Foundation Fellowship.

Shona Tucker (Sherry, Dr. Torros) was last seen at Yale Rep in Eclipsed. She recently performed in The Taming of the Shrew directed by Andrew Borba with Chautauqua Theater Company. Her Off-Broadway theatre credits include New York Theatre Workshop, The Actors Center, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, The Public Theater, Circle in the Square, Pearl Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, and La MaMa, E.T.C. She has worked at numerous regional theatres including three years as a company member at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Stageworks/Hudson, Arena Stage, The Acting Company, Hartford Stage, American Conservatory Theater, Goodspeed Musicals, and Half Moon Theatre Company. Television and film credits include James Franco's King Cobra on FOX; Lights Out; Walk the Fish, directed by Kathleen Man; Preaching to the Choir: On the One, directed by Charles Randolph-Wright; Third Watch; New York Undercover; Law & Order; One Life to Live; and Trinity. She is a Usual Suspect with New York Theatre Workshop, a director with Lincoln Center's Directors Lab, an AUDELCO Award winner, a Schomburg Fellow, and Fulbright Scholar. Shona earned a BS from Northwestern University and MFA in acting at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. She is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Vassar College Drama Department and is also a director and an award-winning playwright.

ABOUT Yale Repertory Theatre

Yale Repertory Theatre, the internationally celebrated professional theatre in residence at Yale School of Drama, has championed new work since 1966, producing well over 100 premieres-including two Pulitzer Prize winners and four other nominated finalists-by emerging and established playwrights. Thirteen 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 has distinguished itself as one of the nation's most robust and innovative new play programs. To date, the Binger Center has supported the work of more than 50 commissioned artists and underwritten the world premieres and subsequent productions of 24 new American plays and musicals at Yale Rep and theatres across the country- including this season's Scenes from Court Life, or the whipping boy and his prince by Sarah Ruhl, Imogen Says Nothing by Aditi Brennan Kapil, and Mary Jane by Amy Herzog.

Indecent, the critically acclaimed new play created by Paula Vogel and director Rebecca Taichman, which was commissioned by Yale Rep, where it had its world premiere in 2015 with support from the Binger Center, will open on Broadway this month. Theatre for a New Audience in New York recently presented Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters, directed by Christopher Bayes, which has been seen at theatres across the country since the production debuted at Yale Rep in 2010, and will present Yale Rep's production of Samuel Beckett's Happy Days, featuring two-time Oscar winner Dianne Wiest and Jarlath Conroy, directed by James Bundy, April 23-May 28.


Yale Repertory Theatre gratefully acknowledges The Burry Fredrik Foundation and Carol L. Sirot for generously supporting the 50th Anniversary Season.

Yale Repertory Theatre is supported in part by the Connecticut Office of the Arts.

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