The Prompter Archive
Yesterday, the Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre community gathered virtually to celebrate the Class of 2020—74 actors, directors, dramaturgs, designers, playwrights, stage managers, technical design and production managers, theater managers, and technical interns—with hundreds of their friends and family Zooming in from around the world. This issue of The Prompter raises a glass to all who are graduating this spring: here at Yale and across Connecticut.
Melpomene, Muse of Tragedy, is often portrayed wearing cortunus, the boots worn onstage by ancient Greek actors in serious roles. Thalia, Muse of Comedy, wears soccus, the thin-soled shoes favored by clowns and pranksters (socks!). You can also tell these two particular daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne apart by their masks: one is frowning, the other’s laughing. Sure, a good cry can be cathartic, but this issue of The Prompter offers suggestions to tickle the funny bone.
Wednesday is Earth Day, and this issue of The Prompter offers some suggestions to stay grounded as well as recommendations to safely and responsibly enjoy the first late-blooming days of spring. Inspiration is everywhere: from the legacy of August Wilson to the heroic work being undertaken by our friends and colleagues in the scenic and costume departments; from the bluest skies ever seen on our stages to the sun setting over West Rock.
Welcome to The Prompter, a newsletter for members of the Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre community! We believe that information and art are two of the best defenses we can share with each other in a time like this. Each issue of The Prompter will include news from the School of Drama and Yale Rep; the latest University updates regarding COVID-19; information about local and national resources; as well as binge-worthy streaming suggestions, book recommendations, recipes, work from home tips, and activities you can do with the kids in your life.