Yale Cabaret will open spring season with ‘Catfight’

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The Yale Cabaret season opens Feb. 5-7 with “Episode 121: Catfight,” a satirical re-imagining of the 1960s “Batman” television series.

The Yale Cabaret will conclude its 47th season with a lineup of extant works, music-driven explorations, and new plays by Yale School of Drama students.

Run entirely by drama school students, the Yale Cabaret is both a theater and restaurant, located in the basement of 217 Park St. Some of the world’s best-known performers — including Meryl Streep, Lynn Nottage, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Durang, Anna Shapiro, John Turturro, Angela Bassett, and Paul Giamatti — have honed their talents at the venue.

The 2014-2015 season, on the theme “Make Happen the Make Believe,” is headed by artistic directors Hugh Farrell, Tyler Kieffer, and Will Rucker, and managing director Molly Hennighausen

A list of the spring offerings follows. For in-depth descriptions of the shows, visit the Yale Cabaret website.

Feb. 5-7 — “Episode 121: Catfight,” a satirical re-imagining of the 1960s “Batman” television series by Steven Koernig, and Tori Keenan-Zelt; directed by Steven Koernig*

Feb. 19-21 — “Shiny Objects,” based on the oral histories of women of all ages, conceived by and featuring drama students Maura Hooper and Zenzi Williams; directed by Chris Geary.

Feb. 26-28 — “The Untitled Project,” exploring the history of blacke maleness, conceived and directed by Ato Blankson-Wood.

March 5-7 — “Leonce and Lena,” a tale of a royal mis-match featuring both live and performers and puppets, written by Georg Büchner and translated by Gavin Whitehead; directed by Elizabeth Dinkova.

March 26-28 — “The Medium,” set in a dark world of strange séances and ghostly hauntings,” written by Gian Carlo Menotti.

April 2-4 — “Sister Sandman Please,” described as “a poetic tête-à-tête between fantasy and disaster,” written and directed by Jessica Rizzo.

April 23-25 — “Make Believe the Make Happen,” short plays by members of #KIDSDIDIT, an Iowa-based, youth playmaking program for middle school students. The show is a “fun-raiser” for #KIDSDIDIT.

Yale Cabaret performances are Thursdays at 8 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.. Doors open for dinner at 6:30 p.m. for all performances. For 11 p.m. shows, the restaurant opens at 10 p.m. with an offering of small plates, desserts, and drinks. Season passes and single tickets are on sale now. Tickets may be purchased in person, online, or by calling the box office at 203-432-1566.  Flex-pass packages begin at $90 for six tickets. Regular tickets are $25. Student and Yale staff/faculty rates are available.

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