Graduating Playwrights To Showcase Their Work at Annual Festival

An accidental Don Juan, a mysterious household and “Hamlet” in the basement are the subjects of three new plays by emerging playwrights being staged May 7-16 during the Yale School of Drama’s fifth annual Carlotta Festival of New Plays.

The works — fully produced plays by graduating playwrights from the Drama School — will be performed in repertory at the Iseman Theater, 1156 Chapel St.

The festival is named for Carlotta Monterey, the widow of Eugene O’Neill, who chose Yale University Press as the publisher of her late husband’s masterpiece “Long Day’s Journey into Night.” The proceeds from this publication support playwriting at Yale.

Brief descriptions of the featured plays follow:


“Elijah”

Written by Michael Mitnick, “Elijah” is set in 1922. The title character, a broke student from Brooklyn, arrives in Paris and becomes an accidental Don Juan overnight. While hunting his idol, a reclusive composer of ballets, Elijah is swept into a life-changing summer of sex, opium and blackmail.

Directed by Christopher Mirto, the play will be staged at 8 p.m. on May 7 and 13, and at 2 p.m. on May 11 and 15.

“The Things Are Against Us” (“Les Choses Sont Contre Nous”)

Susan Soon He Stanton’s work is a tale of disappearing sisters, Lorca and a young man trying to unearth the dark secrets of his grandfather’s past. “All roads lead to a mysterious house with a mind of its own,” reads the official description. “There are bones in the basement.”

The play, directed by Jesse Jou, will be presented at 8 p.m. on May 8, 11 and 14, and at 2 p.m. on May 16.


“Every Other Hamlet in the Universe”

The play by Kimberly Rosenstock begins 10 years after the death of Marcel Sr., whose Hamlet would have been the greatest of all time - if he’d ever performed it. Instead, it’s his computer programmer son who finds himself inadvertently playing the Melancholy Prince in the basement of the family home, for an audience of one, his mom.

Directed by Jen Wineman, the play will be staged at 8 p.m. on May 9, 12 and 15, and at 2 p.m. on May 13.

Tickets to the individual plays start at $13 and $10 for students. A pass to all three Carlotta Festival plays is $30. Tickets may be purchased online at drama.yale.edu, or by calling 203-432-1234. They may also be purchased in person at the Yale Repertory Theatre box office, corner of Chapel and York streets. For more information, visit http://drama.yale.edu/carlotta/index.html.

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