Wondering what to do with that left-over dining hall reimbursement check? How about checking out Yale’s ever-prolific theater community, back this fall with all kinds of performances, from the meaty, to the comforting and to the good plain fluff.
The Dramat’s productions this fall are a mixture of classics and controversial offerings.
One of the two Fall Experimental Productions is “Slaughter City,” a play by Naomi Wallace that follows the lives of slaughter house workers in the early twentieth century. Addressing the issues of union politics and business survival, the play is a study of the humanity of the working class.
The Dramat rounds out it’s repertoire with Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Floyd Collins,” a musical written by Yale alumni and based on the true story of a Kentucky man who is trapped in a cave and then, once he’s free, hounded by the media.
The Yale Repertory Theatre’s reputation for great theater looks to continue this fall, with what Drama School Dean James Bundy calls, “plays that grip audiences and transport them, with great characters and hurtling action.”
Audiences can check out “The Black Dahlia,” a play from the author of L.A. Confidential, that is inspired by the unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short, the Los Angeles prostitute. If comedy is more your style, then the Rep’s “Culture Clash in America” is sure to please. Described as a “high-octane fusion of satire, schtick, and sociology, Culture Clash in America is the theatrical explosion that happens when culture and politics collide.”
The Yale School of Drama, home of future Meryl Streeps and Jodie Fosters, will put on Tennessee William’s “Orpheus Descending,” about two lonely characters each struggling to escape his past, and Thornton Wilder’s “The Skin of Our Teeth,” a zany musical that chronicles the evolution of the human race in three acts.
For some nostalgic fun and a lot of laughs, pay a visit to Yale Children’s Theatre. Its first production of the fall is “Pinnochio,” which is sure to remind you of how great it is to be a kid, free of the responsibilities of college life (sigh). Make sure to take in the Friday night late performance, an “older kid” version of the play with some improvisational humor that the little ones don’t get to see.
Whether you’ve got a hunger for drama in your life or are just sick of staring at the four walls of your dorm room, this fall’s theater schedule is sure to satisfy all your cravings.