Binger Center for New Theatre

Binger Center for New Theatre

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Yale’s Binger Center for New Theatre is an artist-driven initiative that devotes major resources to the commissioning, development, and production of new plays and musicals. Since 2008, the Binger Center has supported the work of more than 40 commissioned artists as well as the world premieres and subsequent productions of 18 new American plays and musicals—including this season’s War by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Familiar by Danai Gurira, and Elevada by Sheila Callaghan.

The Binger Center underwrites significant opportunities for the production of new plays and musicals at Yale Rep and theatres across the country. Binger Center-supported productions include the Yale Rep world premiere of Dostoevsky’s Notes from Underground, adapted by Bill Camp and Robert Woodruff, and its subsequent west coast and NY premieres by La Jolla Playhouse and Theatre for a New Audience; the world premiere co-production of Rinne Groff’s Compulsion at Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, and The Public Theater; the world premiere of On the Levee by Marcus Gardley, Todd Almond, and Lear deBessonet at Lincoln Center Theater’s LCT3; the world premiere of Maggie-Kate Coleman and Anna K. Jacobs’s musical POP! at Yale Rep, as well as its productions at City Theatre in Pittsburgh and Virginia’s Firehouse Theatre Project; the world premiere of Amy Herzog’s Belleville at Yale Rep and its subsequent New York Theatre Workshop production; the world premiere co-production of David Adjmi’s Marie Antoinette at the American Repertory Theater and Yale Rep and its NY premiere at Soho Rep.; the world premiere of These Paper Bullets! by Rolin Jones, with songs by Billie Joe Armstrong; and the world premiere of The Realistic Joneses by Will Eno at Yale Rep and its subsequent 2014 Broadway run at the Lyceum Theatre.

HISTORY

Established in 2008, the Center was permanently endowed in 2012 by a gift from the Robina Foundation and supported by additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and individual donors. The Center is named in honor of James H. Binger (1916-2004), the noted businessman, theatre impresario, and philanthropist who created the Robina Foundation.

SELECTED BINGER CENTER PROGRAMS

  • Commissions: Yale Rep commissions artists with a diverse range of voices and theatrical aesthetics—including playwrights, directors, composers, performers, and ensembles—to create new work for the stage. These artists can be at any point in their creative lives: from early and mid-career writers to veterans of the American theatre.
  • Residencies: The Center brings its artists to New Haven for residencies. Like development activities, each residency is created in response to the artist’s unique process and can include independent, unstructured work time; dramaturgical support from Yale Rep’s staff; and access to Yale University’s vast resources.
  • Readings and Workshops:  Each development process is tailor-made to the artist’s needs and can include small, private readings and large-scale, multi-day workshops.
  • Yale Institute for Music Theatre: The Institute (Mark Brokaw, Artistic Director) bridges the gap between training and the professional world for early-career composers, playwrights, and lyricists by providing them with an annual, intensive two-week summer lab at Yale School of Drama.
  • New Play Production: The Center underwrites significant opportunities for production of new plays and musicals at Yale Rep.
  • Production Enhancement Fund: The Fund provides financial support for productions at other theatres of works commissioned by and/or first produced at Yale Rep.

PARTNERSHIPS

Carson Kreitzer and Matt Gould were commissioned by Yale Rep in partnership with Full Stage USA at New Dramatists, a program made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman were commissioned by Yale Rep and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, as part of OSF’s American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle. Naomi Iizuka was commissioned by Yale Rep and the Huntington Theatre Company.

SUBMISSIONS

All playwrights who submit their work to Yale Rep are considered for participation in Binger Center for New Theatre activities. To learn more about our submission guidelines, please click here.

CONTACT

For more information about the Center and its programs, please contact Jennifer Kiger, Associate Artistic Director of Yale Rep and Director of New Play Programs.


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Productions

THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND
By Marcus Gardley
Directed by Patricia McGregor

World Premiere Co-Production: Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Berkeley, CA), January 31-March 23, 2014; Yale Repertory Theatre, April 18-May 10, 2014


THESE PAPER BULLETS!
A Modish Ripoff of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing
Adapted by Rolin Jones
Songs by Billie Joe Armstrong
Directed by Jackson Gay
Commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre

World Premiere: Yale Repertory Theatre, March 14-April 5, 2014


THE FAIRYTALE LIVES OF RUSSIAN GIRLS
By Meg Miroshnik
Directed by Rachel Chavkin

Yale Repertory Theatre, January 31-February 22, 2014


IN A YEAR WITH 13 MOONS
By Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Adapted by Bill Camp and Robert Woodruff
Directed by Robert Woodruff
Featuring Bill Camp
Commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre

World Premiere: Yale Repertory Theatre, April 26-May 18, 2013


DEAR ELIZABETH
By Sarah Ruhl
A play in letters
from Elizabeth Bishop to Robert Lowell
and back again
Directed by Les Waters
Commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre

World Premiere: Yale Repertory Theatre, November 30-December 22, 2012


MARIE ANTOINETTE
By David Adjmi
Directed by Rebecca Taichman
Commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre

World Premiere Co-production: American Repertory Theater (Cambridge, MA), September 2012; Yale Repertory Theatre, October 26-November 17, 2012


CREATION
By Kathryn Walat
Directed by Michael Michetti
Commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre

World Premiere: Theatre @ Boston Court (Pasadena, CA), October 13-November 11, 2012 


THE REALISTIC JONESES
By Will Eno
Directed by Sam Gold
Commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre

World Premiere: Yale Repertory Theatre, April 20-May 12, 2012


GOOD GOODS
By Christina Anderson
Directed by Tina Landau

World Premiere: Yale Repertory Theatre, February 3-February 25, 2012

Crowded Fire Theater (San Francisco), May 31-June 23, 2012


BELLEVILLE
By Amy Herzog
Directed by Anne Kauffman
Commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre

World Premiere: Yale Repertory Theatre, October 21-November 12, 2011

New York Theatre Workshop (New York, NY), February-March 2013     

Steppenwolf Theare Company (Chicago, IL), June 27-August 25, 2013


BOSSA NOVA
By Kirsten Greenidge
Directed by Evan Yionoulis

World Premiere: Yale Repertory Theatre, November 26-December 18, 2010


WE HAVE ALWAYS 
LIVED IN THE CASTLE

Book and Lyrics by Adam Bock & Music and Lyrics by Todd Almond 
Based on the novel by Shirley Jackson 
Directed by Anne Kauffman
Commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre

World Premiere: Yale Repertory Theatre, September 17-October 9, 2010


ON THE LEVEE
A Play with Music 
Conceived and Directed by Lear deBessonet 
Play by Marcus Gardley 
Music and Lyrics by Todd Almond
Commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre 

World Premiere: LCT3 (New York, NY), June 14-July 10, 2010 


COMPULSION
By Rinne Groff
Directed by Oskar Eustis

World Premiere Co-production: Yale Repertory Theatre, January 29-Febraury 28, 2010; Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Berkeley, CA), September 13-October 31, 2010; The Public Theater (New York, NY), February 1-March 13, 2011 


POP!
Book and Lyrics by Maggie-Kate Coleman
Music by Anna K. Jacobs
Directed by Mark Brokaw
World Premiere: Yale Repertory Theatre, November 27-December 19, 2009

Studio Theatre (Washington D.C.), July 13-August 7, 2011

City Theatre (Pittsburgh, PA), May 5-27, 2012


NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND
By Fyodor Dostoevsky
Adapted by Bill Camp and Robert Woodruff
Based on a translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Directed by Robert Woodruff
Featuring Bill Camp
Commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre

World Premiere: Yale Repertory Theatre, March 20-April 11, 2009

La Jolla Playhouse (La Jolla, CA), September 17-October 17, 2010

Theatre for a New Audience, in association with Baryshnikov Arts Center (New York, NY), November 7-28, 2010

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Photo credit: Johanna Day, Tracy Letts, Glenn Fitzgerald, and Parker Posey in The Realistic Joneses. Photo by Joan Marcus.