The Yale Drama Coalition, the student-founded and -run umbrella organization for all theatrical groups on campus, hosted its annual Fall Preview meeting this past week. The gathering, attended by throngs of overeager and over-talented freshmen looking to get involved in the University theater scene, offered a preview of what promises to be yet another rich season. The performances going up this semester will be:

“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” — by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield

Directed by: Joe Alessi ’10, Dan Amerman ’10 and Andrew Maillet ’11

Place: Off-Broadway Theater

Date: Sept. 19-20

DRAMAT’s “The Creation of the World…” — by Arthur Miller

Directed by: Gabe Seidman ’11

Produced by: John Wolff ’11

Place: Yale Repertory Theatre

Date: Oct. 2-4

DRAMAT’s “Kid-Simple: A radio play in the flesh” — by Jordan Harrison

Directed by: Mike Leibeluft ’10

Produced by: Laura Vrana ’11

Place: Yale Repertory Theatre

Date: Oct. 9-11

Heritage Theatre’s “The Diva Daughters Dupree” — by Kim Euell

Directed by: JuLondre Brown ’10

“Mandragola” — by Niccolo Machiavelli

Directed by: Leah Franqui ’09

Place: Whitney Theater

Date: Oct. 16-18

“The Dark Knight: The Musical”

Directed by: Marshall Pailet ’09 and James Pollack ’09

Date: Oct. 16-18

“The Long Christmas Ride Home” — by Paula Vogel

Directed by: Gary Jaffe ’10

Date: Oct. 23-25

“The Country” — by Martin Crimp

Directed by: Stella Powell-Jones ’09

Date: Oct. 23-25

“Faith Healer” — by Brian Friel

Place: Whitney Theater

Date: Oct. 30-Nov. 1

“The Rocky Horror Show” — by Richard O’Brien

Directed by: Valerie Steinberg ’09

Place: Off-Broadway Theater

Date: Oct. 30-Nov. 1

“The Comedy of Errors” — by William Shakespeare

Directed by: Cooper Lewis ’11

Date: Nov. 6-8 (tentative)

“The Norman Conquests” — by Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by: Rachel Marcus ’11

Date: Nov. 7-9 (tentative)

Heritage Theatre’s “Blues for Mister Charlie” — by James Baldwin

Directed by: JuLondre Brown ’10

DRAMAT’s “The Full Monty” — by Terrence McNally

Directed by: Holly-Anne Ruggiero

Produced by: Emma Griffin ’10

Place: University Theater

Date: Nov. 12-15

“So Thou Wilt Woo“ — a compilation of Shakespeare scenes

Directed by: Allison Collins

Date: Nov. 13-15

“Britannicus” — by Jean Racine

Directed by: Max Kahn ’09

Date: Nov. 13-15

“Life Is a Dream” — by Pedro Calderon de la Barca, adapted by Laird Williamson

Directed by: Avital Rutenberg Schoenberg ’09

Date: Nov. 13-15

“The Enchantment” — by Victoria Benedictsson

Directed by: Jaime Totti ’09

Date: Nov. 13-15

“Lips Together, Teeth Apart” — by Terrence McNally

Directed by: Oren Stevens ’11

Place: Whitney Humanities Theater

Date: Dec. 3-5

“The Lover” — by Harold Pinter

Directed by: Lex Kiefhaber ’09

Place: Whitney Theater

Date: Dec. 3-5

“The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden and The Long Christmas Dinner” — by Thornton Wilder

Directed by: Isaac Durand ’10

Date: Dec. 3-6

“Hippolytus” — by Euripides

Directed by: Liz Sutton-Stone ’10

Date: Dec. 11-13

“Speech & Debate” — by Stephen Karam

Directed by: Mike Leibenluft ’10

Place: Jonathan Edwards College Theater

Date: Dec. 11-13

The YDC board also announced new initiatives to improve the theater community at Yale, notably a mentorship program which assigns freshmen to upperclassman thespians as well as a series of design workshops intended for both novice and more experienced directors. The Coalition is also working toward organizing a showcase — an opportunity for actors to demonstrate their talents to prospective talent agents — for graduating seniors and maintaining contact with recent Yale alumni working in the performing arts in order to build a network of young theater-makers. Interested students can find more information about these projects and a list of audition opportunities, as well as sign up for the YDC newsletter at