13 Yale Theatre Shows You Don’t Want to Miss!

Take a break from your reading, writing, and procrastinating studying and come see these amazingly talented performances!

October Shows

1. Mr. Burns


October 8th-10th @ Iseman Theater

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What would you do in a post-apocalyptic society where the electricity is permanently gone?

You retell an old Simpsons episode with your friends (doh! Didn’t think of that one, huh?).

Mr. Burns provides the transformation of the beloved sitcom from a television show to a whole new American mythology 75 years later as a theater troupe reenacts old episodes with allusions to capitalism, sobering jokes, and nuclear failure in their society.


2. The Winter’s Tale

October 15th-17th @ Iseman Theater

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What’s better than sparknoting Shakespeare the night before your English class?

Going to the theater and actually watching a Shakespearean play!

This production takes a modern twist as it takes place during the fall of the Berlin and Wall in Germany of 1989. The modern take on the 350 year old Shakespearean play “contrasts two profoundly different cultures and time periods while examining the universal truths of what it means to transform and forgive.”

Really sounds like the holiday spirit, doesn’t it?


3. The Old Maid and the Thief


October 16th-17th @Morse-Stiles Crescent Theatre

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This play is originally meant for radio in the late 1930s, but now watch it be transformed to a one-act opera produced by the Opera Theatre of Yale College!


4. No Exit

October 29th-31st @ Calhoun Cabaret

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“A valet escorts three guests into a remote hotel room à la Second Empire. Each mistakes the others for “the torturer” and together they await his arrival.”

Really sounds like the ideal vacation…


November Shows

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November 5th-7th @ Off-Broadway Theater

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Another Shakespearean play! This production features music, cross casting, comedic effects, and a one man band! What more could you want?


6. Exception to the Rule


November 5th-7th @ Calhoun Cabaret

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5 regular-attendance high school students in detention are there on a Friday afternoon. As the play continues, we learn why each of them frequent detention and how to survive there.

This play is done entirely by people of color that shows life of living in an unfit school environment.


7. The Language Archive


November 5th-7th @ Nick Chapel Theater

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A married couple with their marriage on the rocks both turn to writing to channel their emotions and ambitions. Meanwhile, a happy couple on the other side of the relationship spectrum are the last native speakers of their country. In a play about linguistics, we learn how language impacts our everyday lives in “genders, cultures, and time itself.”


8. The Pillowman


November 5th-7th @ Saybrook Underbrook Theater

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In a horror cinema play, this play is about a writer’s evening in jail as he is “accused of crimes against local children that parallel his stories.” In a jail where everything is taken for reality, it seems the truth comes in many different forms.


9. for colored girls who have considered suicide…

“somebody/ anybody
sing a black girl’s song
bring her out
to know herself
to know you
but sing her rhythms
carin/ struggle/ hard times
sing her song of life
she’s been dead so long
closed in silence so long
she doesn’t know the sound
of her own voice
her infinite beauty
she’s half-notes scattered
without rhythm/ no tune
sing her sighs
sing the song of her possibilities
sing a righteous gospel
let her be born
let her be born
& handled warmly”

November 12th-14th @ The Whitney Theatre

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A senior project in theater studies for Nailah Harper-Malveaux and Kyra Riley


10. Shining City


November 12th-14th @ Calhoun Cabaret

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When a Ian, a therapist, begins to see his marriage to his girlfriend Neasa mirror his client, John’s, marriage, Ian and John are thrown together to unravel this shocking connection to understand themselves better.


11. The Aliens


November 12th-14th @ Off Broadway Theater

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“Two angry young men sit behind a Vermont coffee shop and discuss music and Bukowski. When a lonely high-school student arrives on the scene, they decide to teach him everything they know. A play with music about friendship, art, love and death.”


12. Merrily We Roll Along


November 18th-21st @ Yale University Theatre

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The show is an extended flashback that starts in 1976 and ends in 1957 about Broadway composer and Hollywood producer Frank Shepard’s, playwright Charley Kringas’s, and theater critic Mary Flynn’s deteriorated friendships as fame separated the three. The play starts in tragedy and reverses back to the heart-warming friendship they had started out with.


December Shows

13. Manifesto

December 4th @ TBA

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In fulfillment of the requirement of Eran Moore Rea’s American Studies major

“Following in the footsteps of solo performers like Deb Margolin and Taylor Mac, I am creating a solo performance that explores the concept of autonomy in Marxist thought through monologue, song, character work, and humor.”