‘The Moors,’ a Gothic-inspired drama, is next up at the Yale Rep
Two spinster sisters living in a gloomy mansion in the bleakest moors of England are the main characters in the Yale Repertory Theatre’s next — and world premiere — production, which begins on Jan. 29.
One sister is desperately unhappy and the other resolutely miserable in “The Moors,” a new play by Jen Silverman inspired by 19th-century Gothic romances. They live with their elder brother and their mastiff in the old mansion. When a governess is summoned to their isolated home, teeming with secrets and desires, what price might they pay for love?
“The Moors” is the recipient of a 2015 Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award. Jackson Gay will direct the production, which runs through Feb. 20 at the Yale Repertory Theatre, 1120 Chapel St.
Silverman’s work has been produced at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia, and in New York by the Playwrights Realm. She has developed plays as workshop productions at the Cherry Lane Mentor Project, the Juilliard School, and Playwrights Horizons Theatre School. She is a member of New Dramatists and is a core writer at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis. She is a two-time MacDowell fellow and a recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, a New York Foundation for the Arts grant, a Leah Ryan Fellowship/Lilly Award, the 2015 Helen Merrill Fund Award for emerging playwrights, and the Yale Drama Series Award for “Still.” Her other works include “The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane,” “Crane Story,” “The Hunters,” and “Phoebe in Winter.”
Gay’s Yale Rep credits include “Elevada” by Sheila Callaghan (2015), “These Paper Bullets!” (2014, adapted by Rolin Jones and winner of an Outstanding Director Award from Connecticut Critics Circle), and “The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow” by Rolin Jones (2004, winner of an Outstanding Production of a Play Award from Connecticut Critics Circle). Among his recent projects are “These Paper Bullets!” at Geffen Playhouse and Atlantic Theatre Company; “The Insurgents” at Labyrinth Theater Company; and “A Little Journey” for Mint Theater Company, which was nominated for a Drama Desk award for outstanding revival of a play. Jackson is a founding member of New Neighborhood. She is the director of artistic programming for Fuller Road Artist Residency in Vermont and teaches directing at Columbia University. Originally from Sugar Land, Texas, Jackson received her B.F.A. in acting from the University of the Arts and her M.F.A. in directing from Yale School of Drama.
The cast includes Jeff Biehl, Hannah Cabell, Birgit Huppuch, Jessica Love, Kelly McAndrew, and Miriam Silverman.
The creative team includes scenic designer Alexander Woodward; costume designer Fabian Fidel Aguilar; lighting designer Andrew F. Griffin; sound designer Daniel Kluger, who also wrote original music; fight director Rick Sordelet; production dramaturg Maria Ines Marquez; and stage manager Avery Trunko. Casting is by Tara Rubin Casting.
Opening night is Thursday, Feb. 4. Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday, Feb. 6 (a Talk Back session will follow); Wednesday, Feb. 10 (a senior reception will precede the show at 1 p.m.); Saturday, Feb. 13 (an audio-described performance, followed by a Talk Back); and Saturday, Feb. 20 (an open-captioned performance). There is one Monday show, on Feb. 1 at 8 p.m., for which all tickets are $20. The Friday and Saturday shows on Jan. 29 and Jan. 30 will be followed by a discussion in the Yale Rep lounge.
Tickets range from $20 to $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.