Experience each of the ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ at Yale Summer Cabaret
The Yale Summer Cabaret will host a season of performances and special events, each of which connect in some manner with one of the “Seven Deadly Sins.”
“ ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’ have tempted humankind since the dawn of time,” the organizers of this year’s season posted on the Summer Cabaret website. “This summer, we’ll use these classic elements of depravity and immorality to shock our audience out of complacency with a season of experiences unlike any others.”
Summer Cabaret at Yale features four plays and several special events. Below, each one is identified by its corresponding “sin.” Shows are at 8 p.m.; 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Fridays. Dinner and drinks are served 90 minutes before each show, and there is a pre-show event — conversations with members of the Summer Cabaret company, music, or a talk with one of the performers — 45 minutes before each performance. There are no shows on Mondays.
June 2-19 — GLUTTONY: An irreverent take on the Lewis Carroll classic “Alice in Wonderland.” The journey down the rabbit hole is both hilarious and disturbing in this adaptation by the Manhattan Project under the direction of Andre Gregory. Jesse Rasmussen will direct the show.
June 30-July 10 — GREED: The debut of “Antarctica! Which Is To Say Nowhere,” by Miranda Rose Hall, adapted from “Ubu Roi” by Alfred Jarry. Elizabeth Dinkova will direct this tale about Roy, a contented middle manager who — spurred by his ambitious wife Rena who convinces him that he can conquer an entire continent — allows himself to be overtaken by greed, leaving a trail of disaster in his wake.
July 21-30 — WRATH: The North American premiere of “Adam Geist,” about a young man who was orphaned by his mother’s death, betrayed by his family, and cast aside by society. Adam desperately wants to be good, but finds himself constantly at war with the world. Written by Dea Loher, the play was translated by David Tushingham and will be directed by Elizabeth Dinkova. This play is not appropriate for children; it includes adult language, nudity, and graphic violence of a sexual nature.
Aug. 4-14 — LUST: “Phaedra’s Love,” by Sarah Kane and directed by Jesse Rasmussen. Euripedes, Seneca, and Racine wrote their versions of the ancient Phaedra myth as tragedies, but Sarah Kane offers a black comedy about a queen bound by insatiable lust for her stepson and a prince who dreams of death, grasps for ecstasy, and feels nothing. This play is not appropriate for children or sensitive audience members; it includes adult language, nudity, simulated sex acts, graphic violence, and violence of a sexual nature.
The first special event, “SLOTH: the Party” took place on May 27. Next up will be “A Reading of ‘Cadillac Crew’ by Tori Sampson on Friday, June 24. The play is about four women who work in the Virginia Office of Civil Rights in the 1960s and wonder whether “equality for all mankind” includes them. A talkback with the playwright will follow the 8 p.m. performance.
“ENVY: The Concert,” a musical exploration “of longing for what you can never have,” takes place at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 15.
Individual tickets are $33; $28 for Yale faculty and staff and $15 for students. Season passes are also available. To order tickets and to see individual show dates, visit the website.