Yale to celebrate the Bard

When English professor David Kastan first emailed University President Richard Levin in the middle of the night one year ago about hosting a celebration of Shakespeare at Yale, he wasn’t sure what the President’s response would be. He wasn’t even sure if Levin knew who he was. “At that point, I had met [Levin] once,” […]

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Purvis takes over instrument collection

Yale’s oldest musical artifacts have a new caretaker. William Purvis, a horn player and School of Music faculty member since 1999, was appointed as the director of the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments on March 11. Purvis had been the collection’s interim director since 2008, and in his new role as director, Purvis said he […]

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Rep announces season

While the Yale Repertory Theatre’s 2011-’12 season features three brand new works, many of the theatre’s patrons will recognize several familiar faces running the shows. Of the six shows this season, three will be world premieres, including new works by Amy Herzog DRA ’07, Will Eno, and another that has yet to be announced. The […]

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Bundy on sabbatical for open heart surgery

Yale Drama School Dean James Bundy began a four-six week sabbatical from Yale Friday during which he will undergo open heart surgery to treat a Mitral valve regurgitation. The Rep’s senior associate Director of Communications Steven Padla said the surgery was originally scheduled to take place on Monday, March 21 but was postponed a week […]

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George’s “Cow Play” wins national recognition

Judges from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival think Matthew George’s ’11 new play is udderly good. George’s “Cow Play,” which had its world premier at the Whitney Humanities Center last fall before advancing to the regional level of KCACTF in January, has been named the runner-up for the Center’s National Student Playwriting Award. […]

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Rep announces upcoming season

The Yale Repertory Theatre will continue its commitment to producing new plays during the 2011-2012 season. Of the six show season, three of the shows will be world premieres, including new works by Amy Herzog DRA ’07, Will Eno and one play to be announced, according to a post on the New York Times’ ArtsBeat […]

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Elizabethan Club supports theater

At this time last year, the production of “Hamlet” that opens at the Calhoun Cabaret tonight was just as real as the ghost of King Hamlet. Though director Gabe Bloomfield ’11 had in mind a look, and even the perfect actor to play Hamlet, he was unsure whether he could find the resources to execute […]

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Rep welcomes Wilson home

In the first act of “The Piano Lesson,” the main character Doaker gives an extended monologue detailing the history of the ornately carved piano sitting in his living room. It dates back to the days when his father and mother were enslaved by white Southerners. “It was the story of our whole family, and as […]

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Tech studio helps musicians

When School of Music lecturer Jack Vees asked colleague Ben Verdery which band he would like for a piece Vees was writing him, Vees was surprised by his answer. “I thought he was going to say something like The Beatles or The Who — you know, something from his or my youth,” Vees said. Instead […]

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‘Cow Play’ headed to theater festival

“Cow Play,” a show written by Matthew George ’11 that wowed full houses at the Whitney Humanities Center last fall, will soon be back on the stage. George’s play, as directed by Charlie Polinger ’13, has been selected to be performed at a regional theater festival at Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts as part of […]

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Percussion Group uses more than drums

To members of the Yale Percussion Group, playing cards, confetti and coconuts are more than just the indigents for an excellent theme party—they’re musical instruments. The groups will use all these items along with other unorthodox instruments when they perform in Zankel Hall at New York City’s renowned Carnegie Hall on Sunday. The four pieces […]

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Yalies meet Sondheim

Students from professor Dan Egan’s class “Stephen Sondheim and the American Musical Theater” got a first-hand look at the subject of their coursework last Wednesday. The class’s 20 students got the chance to meet Stephen Sondheim, the renowned composer and lyricist who is best known for writing the score for musicals “Into the Woods,” “Company” […]

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