‘The Play’s the Thing’ exhibit celebrates Yale Rep’s 50 years

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“The Play’s the Thing: 50 Years of Yale Repertory Theater,” an exhibition of production photographs from Manuscripts and Archives and archival materials from the Arts Library Special Collections, will be on view through March 31 in the Robert B. Haas Family Library.

In 1966, Robert Brustein, dean of Yale School of Drama, founded the Yale Rep, a resident professional company that would serve as the equivalent of a “teaching hospital” for theater artists in training. From the beginning, the company has focused on championing new plays alongside productions of classic works. Fifty years later, after winning a Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater and launching world premieres that have gone on to Broadway and theaters around the world, the Yale Rep continues to nurture and challenge artists.

“The Play’s the Thing” accompanies “Yale Rep at 50: Daring Artists, Bold Choices,” a selection of more than 70 production photographs spanning the company’s five-decade history, which is on view through April 8 at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, as well as a smaller exhibition of the same name at the Study at Yale, 1157 Chapel St.

“The Play’s the Thing” is open during library hours in the library’s William H. Wright Special Collections Exhibition area. The public is welcome. 

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