Yale Rep’s new season promises ‘explosive’ drama and ‘savagely funny’ plays

The world premiere of a play based on Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” and a re-staging of Tennessee Williams’ classic play “A Streetcar Named Desire” will be among the 2013-2014 season’s offerings at the Yale Repertory Theatre.

The season line-up is as follows:

Sept. 20-Oct. 12 — “A Streetcar Named Desire,” written by Tennessee Williams and directed by Mark Rucker. Yale Reps will stage its first-ever production of Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a battle of wills between Southern belle Blanche DuBois and her working class brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski.

Oct. 25-Nov. 16 — “Owners,” a dark comedy by Caryl Churchill. OBIE Award-winning resident director Evan Yionoulis will stage this play, which is described by the organizers as “savagely funny.”

Nov. 30-Dec. 21 — “Accidental Death of an Anarchist,” written by Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo and directed by Christopher Bayes. Featuring Steven Epp, this production is “an explosive political farce,” according to the organizers.

Jan. 31-Feb. 22 — “The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls” by Meg Miroshnik and directed by Rachel Chavkin. In 2005, a 20-year-old woman named Annie returns to her native Russian to brush up on the language and lose her American accent. What she discovers is “an enchanted motherland teeming with evil stepmothers, wicked witches, and ravenous bears,” note the organizers.

March 14-April 5 — The world premiere of “These Paper Bullets,” adapted by Rolin Jones from William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” The play, which is directed by Jackson Gray, features new songs by Grammy Award-winning Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong. The production is Yale Rep’s 2013-2014 Will Power! production.

April 18-May 10 — “The House That Will Not Stand,” a world premiere play by Marcus Gardley. Directed by Patricia McGregor, the production is set 100 years before Frederico Garcia Lorca’s “The House of Bernarda Alba,” on which it is loosely based.

The Yale Repertory Theatre offers a variety of subscription packages for audiences to enjoy the entire season, starting at $30 per ticket for the general public and $10 for students. Subscriptions are available now online, by phone at 203-432-1234, and in person at the Yale Rep box office, 1120 Chapel St. Individual and group tickets for the entire season will go on sale on Sept. 3. Yale Repertory Theatre is sponsored in part by the Connecticut Office of the Arts.

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