At Yale Rep: A ‘humorous and haunting’ world premiere

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The world premiere of “Marie Antoinette” — a play about the young queen best known for her three-foot wigs and extravagant haute couture — is the next offering in the Yale Repertory Theatre’s season.

In the “humorous and haunting” play, note the organizers, “idle gossip turns more insidious as the country revolts, demanding liberté, égalité, fraternité!”

Written by David Adjmi and directed by Rebecca Taichman, “Marie Antoinette” is co-produced by the Yale Repertory Theatre and the American Repertory Theater. It will be staged Oct. 26-Nov. 17 at the Yale Rep, 1120 Chapel St. Opening night is Thursday, Nov. 1.

“Marie Antoinette” features choreography by Karole Armitage, sets by Riccardo Hernandez, costumes by Gabriel Berry, lighting by Christopher Akerlind, sound by Matt Hubbs, puppet design by Matt Acheson, voice coaching by Jane Guyer Fujita, fight choreography by J. David Brimmer, and stage management by Amanda Spooner.

The cast includes Fred Arsenault, Hannah Cabell, David Greenspan, Marin Ireland, Vin Knight, Jo Lampert, Polly Lee, Steven Rattazzi, Jake Silbermann, Teale Sperling, Brian Wiles, and Ashton Woerz.

“Marie Antoinette” was commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre. Development and production support are provided by Yale’s Binger Center for New Theatre and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, with additional 2 p.m. matinees on Saturdays, Nov. 3, 10 (an open-captioned performance), and 17 (an audio-described show), and on Wednesday, Nov. 7. There is one Monday performance, on Oct. 29. Other special events include a 7 p.m. reception for graduate students on Saturday, Nov. 3; a reception for senior citizens at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7; Talk Back conversations with members of the cast and crew following the Saturday matinee shows on Nov. 3 and 10; and Post-Show Conversations on Friday, Oct. 26, Saturday, Oct. 27, Tuesday, Nov. 6, and Saturday, Nov. 10.

Tickets for “Marie Antoinette” are $20-$96, and are available online at, by phone at 203-432-1234, and in person at the Yale Rep box office, 1120 Chapel St.  Student, senior, and group rates are also available.


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