LEAR

LEAR

August 4-13 |  Buy Tickets

Written By Young Jean Lee 

Directed by Shadi Ghaheri

 

Five twenty-somethings search for answers to life’s most troubling questions while their unseen fathers go mad in a storm that rages just offstage. Young Jean Lee turns the spotlight away from Shakespeare’s most famous patriarch to focus on the existential musings of the kingdom’s adult children.  Regan, Goneril, Cordelia, Edgar, and Edmund distract themselves from their unjustly suffering fathers by passing the time with drugs, alcohol, sex, and small talk - driving themselves sublimely, deliriously mad in the process.

CAST

Stephen Cefalu Jr. -

Edgar

Stephen Cefalu, Jr. is a rising second-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama where his credits include Everything that Never Happened and Escape from Happiness. Selected Chicago credits: World premiere of Tracy Letts' Mary Page Marlowe at Steppenwolf Theatre directed by Anna Shapiro, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf at Redtwist Theatre (Jeff nomination), End Days (Windy City Playhouse), Pins and Withers (A Red Orchid Theatre). Readings/Workshops: Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, Victory Gardens Theatre, Steep Theatre, Sideshow Theatre, Chicago Dramatists. TV/Film: Shameless, Support, This Afternoon. 

Danielle Chaves -

Regan

Danielle Chaves is a freshly inaugurated second-year MFA acting candidate at the Yale School of Drama. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Danielle received her BFA undergraduate degree at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. After graduating she became an acting company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for two seasons. Thereafter, she lived, acted, and worked in beautiful Portland, Oregon before applying and being accepted to the Yale School of Drama.  Selected Credits: Conchita (Anna in the Tropics), Blanche DuBois (A Streetcar Named Desire), Lady Macbeth (¡O, Romeo!), Penny Pennywise (Urinetown), Lady Amaranth (Wild Oats), Lady in Black (Ghost Light), Jaquenetta (Love’s Labour’s Lost).  YSD Credits: Elizabeth (Escape from Happiness, YSD Spring Project), Carol (North of Providence, Cabaret 12: Satellite Series).

Amandla Jahava -

Cordelia

Amandla Jahava is a rising a second-year MFA candidate at the Yale School of Drama. Her credits include If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must be a Muhfucka, In the Palm of a Giant (Yale School Of Drama); In the Red and Brown Water, The DebaclesXander Xyst: Dragon 1, and The Red Tent (Yale Cabaret); The Government InspectorThe Colored Museum, and Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the California Institute for the Arts, where she earned a BFA in acting. She is an affiliate member of the Antaeus Theater Company in Glendale, California. Follow her on instagram @amandlaiam 

Jake Ryan Lozano - 

Edmund

Jake Ryan Lozano is a third-year MFA candidate at the Yale School of Drama, where he was last seen as Demetrius in Titus Andronicus. He has previously worked at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Great River Shakespeare Festival, and the Yale Cabaret. He holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Oklahoma, and received the National Irene Ryan Acting Award at the 2014 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Pura Vida.

Francesca Fernandez McKenzie -

Goneril

Francesca Fernandez McKenzie is a rising third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where she was in The Hour of Great Mercy (Irma), Othello (Emilia), Wrong River (Lisa), Blood Wedding (Mother-In-Law) and Our Lady of 121st Street (Inez). Other credits include Salt Pepper Ketchup (Linda Wu), Butterfly's Terror and Thunder Above Deeps Below (Theresa) at the Yale Cabaret. This is her first Yale Summer Cabaret production. She will be a co-Artistic Director of the Yale Cabaret in its 50th season during the 2017-2018 academic year.

 

CREATIVE
TEAM

Shadi Ghaheri-

Director

Shadi Ghaheri is currently an MFA Candidate in Directing at the Yale School of Drama. Her credits at Yale School of Drama include Titus AndronicusWrong River, and at the Yale Cabaret, The Slow Sound of Snow, Butterfly’s Terror, and Faryadaa (Satellite Series). For her thesis production, she is directing Death of Yazdgerd by Bahram Beyzai in December 2017.  She performed in Boris Yeltsin (Cassandra), Adam Geist (The Girl), Revolt, She Said. Revolt Again at Yale Cabaret.  Shadi is a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow of 2016.

Ariel Sibert -

Dramaturg

Ariel Sibert is a rising third-year student of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at Yale School of Drama. She graduated with honors from Princeton University with a BA degree in Art History and awards in Theater and Poetry. Previously, she worked at the Literary Office of Actors Theatre of Louisville. She is the winner of the Joel Tansey Prize for Graduate Writing and a member of the New Museum's Critical Matters of Performance working group. Her writing has appeared in the Comparative Drama Conference’s Text and Presentation and American Theatre.


Stephanie Cohen -

Set Design

Stephanie Cohen is a set designer and a rising second year MFA candidate in Set Design at the Yale School of Drama. Prior to Yale, Stephanie was a Fulbright Scholar in Madrid, Spain, and worked in theater and television in NYC.  Previous Yale Cabaret design credits include: The Slow Sound of Snow, North of Providence, and Circling the Drain.  Additional theater and television credits include: Scenic artist for Hamilton (The Public Theater), scenic artist for King Lear (Shakespeare in the Park), art clearance coordinator (HBO's Girls, and ABC's The Family), and production assistant (Showtime's Nurse Jackie, HBO's The Night of). 

Sophia Choi -

Costume Design

Sophia Choi is a rising third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where she has designed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Three Sisters, and New Domestic Architecture. Her Yale Cabaret credits include The Other World, The Slow Sound of Snow, and Caught. Other previous design credits include Pride and Prejudice (Theatre VCU) and Oddstruck (2016 Richmond International Film Festival selection). Sophia won first place at the SETC Design Competitions in 2014 and 2015, and holds a BFA in theatre design from Virginia Commonwealth University. sophia-choi.com

 

Krista Smith -

Lighting Design

Krista Smith is a rising third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama where, her credits include Bulgaria! Revolt!, The Hour of Great Mercy, Everything That Never Happened, and The Merchant of Venice. For last year’s Summer Cabaret, Adam Geist and Alice in Wonderland. Other credits include: And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens, Dutch Masters, Styx Songs, Collisions, and Debacles (Yale Cabaret). Originally from California, her regional credits include: The Marriage of FigaroOnce on This IslandJacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in ParisRENT (Cinnabar Theater); The Great Tragedies by Mike Daisey (California Shakespeare Theater); Anatol (Aurora Theatre); Fire Work (Theatre FIRST); Little Brother (Custom Made Theatre); A Doll’s House, The Wild Party, Flu Season, and Sueno (A.C.T. Conservatory); Equus (Boxcar Theater). She received her BA in drama from San Francisco State University.  www.KristaSmithLD.com

Tye Hunt Fitzgerald -

Sound Design

Tye Hunt Fitzgerald is a rising third-year sound designer at YSD. He hails from Toronto, Ontario where he studied engineering and music production. Tye has worked on numerous shows both as a sound designer and as a technician. He thanks his best friend for everything she has done for him.

Kathy Ruvuna -

Sound Design

Kathy Ruvuna is excited to be working with the Yale Summer Cabaret. Originally from Texas, Kathy is currently a Sound Design MFA candidate at the Yale School of Drama. Past productions include In the Red and Brown Water, The Meal, The Red Tent (Yale Cabaret), and Father Kennedy (Fringe NYC).

 

 

Yaara Bar -

Projections Design

Yaara Bar is a video designer working in live performance, installations, and video clips. She is a rising second-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama.  Recent designs include Xander Xyst (Yale Cabaret), The Red Tent (Yale Cabaret), Butterfly’s Terror (Yale Cabaret), Les Femmes (Women’s Voices in Theatre Festival).  Yaara has been passionate about visual storytelling from an early age.  Following this, she focused her education on the arts, graphic design and motion graphics, earning her BFA at Visual Communication from Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem. She is especially drawn to music performance and is a half time DJ herself.

 

 

Caitlin O'Rourke - 

Stage Manager

Caitlin O'Rourke is a rising third year MFA candidate at the Yale School of Drama, where her credits include Everything That Never Happened, Blood Wedding, Othello, and The Skin of Our Teeth.  Other credits Imogen Says Nothing (Yale Repertory Theatre), Cloud Tectonics, Salt Pepper Ketchup (Yale Cabaret), Alice in Wonderland, and ANTARCTICA! Which is to Say Nowhere (Summer Cabaret).  She has worked regionally at Actors Theatre of Louisville and with several Chicago-based companies, including Pavement Group, Rasaka Theatre Company, and LiveWire Chicago Theatre, where she was also Managing Director.  Originally from Canada, she holds a degree in English and Theatre from the University of Michigan.