Yale Rep's MARIE ANTOINETTE Now in Previews at Off-Broadway's Soho Rep

Yale Repertory Theatre continues to support MARIE ANTOINETTE by David Adjmi, commissioned by Yale Rep, now in previews at Off-Broadway's Soho Rep.

Presented in association with Yale Repertory Theatre and American Repertory Theater which co-produced the play's world premiere in fall 2012, the Soho Rep production of MARIE ANTOINETTE is funded in part by Yale's Binger Center for New Theatre.

An artist-driven initiative that devotes major resources to the commissioning, development, and production of new plays and musicals at Yale Rep and across the country, the Binger Center for New Theatre since 2008 has supported the work of more than 40 commissioned artists as well as the world premieres and subsequent productions of 15 new American plays and musicals. Among the Center's programs, a key component is its Production Enhancement Fund, which provides financial support for productions at other theatres of works commissioned by and/or first produced at Yale Rep.

"The resources of the Binger Center allow us to make significant long-term investments in artists, from commissioning and development to the world premiere and subsequent productions that are vital to ensure the sustained life of a new play," said Artistic Director James Bundy. "We are delighted to participate in the continuing evolution of David Adjmi's remarkable Marie Antoinette, which delighted audiences and critics alike in Cambridge and New Haven."

The Yale Rep run of MARIE ANTOINETTE received the Connecticut Critics Circle's highest honor: Outstanding Production of a Play. Marin Ireland, in the title role, and David Greenspan were honored as Outstanding Actress and Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play respectively. Both actors reprise their roles in New York, directed by Rebecca Taichman, who staged the world premieres of David Adjmi's The Evildoers at Yale Rep in 2008 and Marie Antoinette at Yale and ART.

"A hallmark of the Binger Center is our flexible capacity to tailor each process to meet the needs of our commissioned artists," added Jennifer Kiger, Associate Artistic Director of Yale Rep and Director of New Play Programs. "The Center responds to the critical challenges of the field, providing meaningful compensation for writers-including both time to work and reasonable financial incentive to make Live Theatre-and significant production opportunities for ambitious new work that takes risks, including plays and musicals with large casts."

Other Binger Center-supported world premiere productions include Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground, adapted by Bill Camp and RoBert Woodruff, commissioned and produced by Yale Rep, and its subsequent west coast and NY premieres by La Jolla Playhouse and Theatre for a New Audience; Rinne Groff's Compulsion at Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, and The Public Theater; the Yale-commissioned On the Levee by Marcus Gardley, Todd Almond, and Lear deBessonet at Lincoln Center Theater's LCT3; Maggie-Kate Coleman and Anna K. Jacobs's musical POP! at Yale Rep, as well as its productions at City Theatre in Pittsburgh and Virginia's Firehouse Theatre Project; Amy Herzog's Belleville at Yale Rep and the New York Theatre Workshop production; and The Realistic Joneses by Will Eno at Yale Rep. Belleville and The Realistic Joneses, both Yale Rep commissions, were cited among the Top Ten of 2011 and 2012 respectively by the New York Times. This season, the Center supports the Yale Rep productions of Meg Miroshnik's The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls; the Yale-commissioned These Paper Bullets, adapted by Rolin Jones from William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, with songs by Billie Joe Armstrong; and The House that will not Stand by Marcus Gardley.

David Adjmi, Todd Almond, Christina Anderson, Hilary Bell, Adam Bock, Sheila Callaghan, Bill Camp, Lucinda Coxon, Lear deBessonet, Will Eno, Dorothy Fortenberry, Marcus Gardley, Matt Gould, Kirsten Greenidge, Danai Gurira, Noah Haidle, Ann Marie Healy, Amy Herzog, Naomi Iizuka, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Rolin Jones, Aditi Brennan Kapil, Carson Kreitzer, Dan LeFranc, Elizabeth Meriwether, Meg Miroshnik, Scott Murphy, Julie Marie Myatt, David LeFort Nugent, Lina Patel, Jay Reiss, Amelia Roper, The Rude Mechs, Sarah Ruhl, Octavio Solis, Rebecca Taichman, Lucy Thurber, Alice Tuan, Paula Vogel, Kathryn Walat, Anne Washburn, Marisa Wegrzyn, RoBert Woodruff

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