New Haven’s Yale Cabaret is a gift to the theater community and has been offering inspired and
challenging works for over five decades. With a goal of eighteen shows this school year, overseen by co-artistic directors Latiana “LT” Gourzong and Molly FitzMaurice and managing director Armando Huipe, Cab 51 promises, according to the playbill, to “cultivate surprise, embrace divergence, practice compassion and share joy.”
Tucked in a flexible downstairs space on the Yale campus, at 217 Park Street, students from the Yale School of Drama shine a spotlight on work composed by colleagues, find plays that invite presentation or adapt existing works past and present.
Yale Cab is definitely a team project, crossing lines for technical work, costuming, set design, acting and directing. Your waiter at a dinner before the show could easily be the star of next week’s work. Each performance demands a reconfiguration of the basement space so it fits the vision of the show.
The Cab works on four different shows at a time, from selection of work, auditioning, two weeks of rehearsal and three days of tech.
Next up November 29 to December 1 is “Taking Warsan Shire Out of Context on the Eve of the Great Storm” written and proposed by Christopher Gabriel Nunez, December 6-8 “The Whale in the Hudson” by Bradley Wilson, proposed by Maeli Goren, January 10-12 “School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play” written by Jocelyn Bioh, proposed by Christopher Betts and January 17-19 “The Rules” by Charles L, Mee, proposed by Dakota Stipp.
For tickets ($25, faculty $15, students $12), call the Yale Cabaret at 203-432-1566 or online at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Performances are Thursday at 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Come early and let the Queen of Tarts at the Yale Cabaret Chef Dana Cesnik Doyle delight you with an ever changing menu of gourmet selections. Some recent choices included Turkish Red Lentil Soup ($8), Moroccan Spiced Meatballs with coucous ($17) and Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Tart ($8).
Invest your time and enthusiasm and come applaud the challenging offerings changing weekly at the magic space at 217 Park Street, New Haven. The future thespians of tomorrow are ready to entertain you today.