The Winter’s Tale

Season: 
Fall 2015
Type: 
Fall Ex
Author: 
William Shakespeare
Date of run: 
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 8:00pm to Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 10:30pm
Location: 
Iseman Theater See map
1156 Chapel St
New Haven, CT 06511
Description: 

Simultaneously a raucous, bawdy comedy and an arresting, powerful tragedy, William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale has been captivating audiences for over 350 years.

King Leontes reigns over a successful kingdom, adores his pregnant queen, Hermione, and enjoys the companionship of his childhood friend, King Polixenes. All changes when Leontes becomes convinced that Polixenes and Hermione are having a secret affair. Polixenes flees for his life; Hermione faces trial for adultery. Fast-forward sixteen years to Polixenes’ kingdom, where Perdita, Hermione’s daughter, has grown up a peasant but is in love with the prince. Their union forbidden by Polixenes, Perdita and the prince elope to Leontes’ kingdom. Father and daughter reunite, old friends reconcile, and young lovers marry, joining two kingdoms into one—a comedic end to a tragic beginning.

This fall’s production re-imagines this timeless tale in the context of one of the most dramatic events in recent history: the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall and reunification of Germany, juxtaposing a Communist 1960’s East Germany with 1980’s West Germany, steeped in European rave culture. Following individual turmoil in the context of national upheaval, The Winter’s Tale contrasts two profoundly different cultures and time periods while examining the universal truths of what it means to transform and forgive.

Performances:

October 15 at 8:00pm
October 16 at 8:00pm
October 17 at 2:00pm
October 17 at 8:00pm

Director: 
Katie Kirk
Producer: 
Jill Carrera
Stage Manager: 
Danielle Derlein
Lighting Designer: 
Ava Hunt
Set Designer: 
Susannah Hyde
Sound Designer: 
Hannah Friedman
Costume Designer: 
Yanglin Cai
Graphic Designer: 
Mert Dilek
Props Master: 
Elle Buellesbach
Master Electrician: 
Harry Shamansky
Technical Director: 
Charlotte Newell
Sound Engineer: 
Danielle Lotridge
Actor / Actress & Role: 
LEONTES - Iason Togias
HERMIONE - Aviva Abusch
POLIXENES - Dillon Miller
PAULINA - Anya Markowitz
CAMILLO - Laurence Bashford
PERDITA - Eleanor Slota
FLORIZEL/CLEOMENES - Zeb Mehring
ANTIGONUS/AUTOLYCUS - Peter Gray
FRANZ - Ethan Campbell-Taylor
FRANZ JR./DION - Alec Mukamal
MAMILIUS/JAILER/TIME/MOPSA - Erica Wachs
EMILIA/OFFICER OF THE COURT/DORCAS - Anna Blech
Dramaturg: 
Eve Houghton