Yale School of Drama announces its 2017-2018 season

This year's offerings will include “Pentecost, “Death of Yazdgerd,” and the musical “Passion,” featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
A trio of images representing the three plays being staged this year.

The Yale School of Drama has announced the three shows in its 2017-2018 season. In order of performance dates, they are: “Pentecost” by David Edgar, “Death of Yazdgerd” by Bahram Beyzaie, and “Passion,” a musical with book by James Lapine and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

Edgar’s “Pentecost” will be directed by Lucie Dawkins, a third-year M.F.A. candidate from Cambridge, U.K. The description of the play reads: “In a church on Europe’s final frontier, a painting is uncovered that could re-write history. It contains an image of grief so profound that it peels away the barriers between the cultures, religions, and languages of those who encounter it. When the church becomes a battleground, bitter adversaries must choose whether this icon of trauma will divide or unite them.” “Pentecost” will be performed from Tuesday, Oct. 3 through Friday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m, at the Yale Repertory Theatre, 1120 Chapel St.

Beyzaie’s “Death of Yazdgerd” has been translated by Manuchehr Anvar and will be directed by Shadi Ghaheri, a third-year M.F.A. candidate from Tehran, Iran. The description of the play reads: “The year is 651. A miller is condemned to death for the apparent murder of Persian Emperor Yazdgerd III. The miller’s wife and daughter offer wildly conflicting accounts of what transpired in an effort to confound his accusers and save his life. ‘Death of Yazdgerd’ celebrates the rich storytelling tradition of Iran, and questions the nature of justice in a world where history is told only by the victors.” “Death of Yazdgerd” will be performed from Tuesday, Dec. 5 through Friday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m at the Iseman Theater, 1156 Chapel St.

Lapine and Sondheim’s “Passion” will be directed by Rory Pelsue, a third-year M.F.A. candidate from Newburyport, Massachusetts. The story is adapted from Ettore Scola’s film, “Passione D’Amore,” and its description reads: “On a remote military outpost in 19th century Italy, a handsome soldier is relentlessly pursued by an anguished, ardent young woman, driving him to extremes of rage and ecstasy he never knew possible. ‘Passion’ is a gothic fever-dream of a musical in which love’s power over reason is absolute.” “Passion” will be performed on Saturday, Feb. 3 and Monday, Feb. 5 through Friday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. at the University Theatre, 222 York St..

Tickets for the Yale School of Drama’s 2017-2018 season start at $25, or $15 for students. They are available for purchase now online at drama.yale.edu, by phone at (203) 432-1234, and in person at the Yale Repertory Theatre box office at 1120 Chapel St.

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