“War” makes its debut at the Yale Rep

“War,” a portrait of a family navigating the landmines of the past as they try to broker peace with each other in the present, will make its world premiere at the Yale Repertory Theatre Nov. 21.

The play, by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, was commissioned by the Yale Rep, and runs through Dec. 13. Jacobs-Jenkins’ recent plays “An Octoroon” and “Appropriate,” which The New York Times praised as “highly entertaining, sharp, and peopled with complex characters,” were honored together with the 2014 OBIE Award for Best New American Play.

In “War,” tensions escalate between Tate and Joanne at their mother’s hospital bedside. As they attack each other’s smallest words and biggest choices, they are ambushed by two strangers who make a shocking claim about their grandfather’s World War II tour of duty.

Jacobs-Jenkins is currently a Residency Five playwright at the Signature Theatre and a Lila Acheson Wallace fellow at the Juilliard School. His other honors include a Paula Vogel Award, a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the inaugural Tennessee Williams Award.

The play will be directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, who recently directed Christina Anderson’s “Hollow Roots” for The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival. She is currently working on a new production of “Much Ado About Nothing” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She collaborated with Jacob-Jenkins and choreographer Isabel Lewis on “Maybe Magic” at Dance New Amsterdam. She is the co-founder and director of the ensemble company Overhead Projector, which devises new work. She received her M.F.A. in director from Yale School of Drama, where she directed “Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights,” The Taming of the Shrew,” “Tall Skinny Cruel Cruel Boys,” “Buffalo Maine,” “Cavity,” and “Fox Play.” She was one of the co-artistic directors of the 2011-2012 Yale Cabaret.

The cast of “War” includes Trezana Beverley, Donté Bonner, Phillippe Bowgen, Tyrone Mitchell Henderson, Rachael Holmes, Greg Keller, and Tonya Pinkins.

The play features choreography by David Neumann, scenic design by Mariana Sanchez Hernandez; costumes by Montana Levi Blanco; lighting by Yi Zhao; projections by Kristen Ferguson; dialect coaching by Ron Carlos; dramaturgy by Amy Boratko; casting by Tara Rubin Casting; and stage management by Will Rucker.

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 one Monday show on Nov. 24. Matinees take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29; Wednesday, Dec. 3; and Saturday, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13. A Talk Back will follow the matinees on Nov. 29 and Dec. 6 (also an open captioning performance). A senior reception will precede the Dec. 3 matinee at 1 p.m. The Dec. 13 matinee will feature audio description.

Tickets for performances Nov. 24-26 are $20.  Tickets for other shows range from $20-$98 and are available online, 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. Visit the Yale Rep website for further information.