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by Eric Sirakian '15

Directed by Noam Shapiro '15
Produced by Jill Carrera '17

Yale Repertory Theater, 1120 Chapel St.

Thursday, Mar. 26 at 8:00pm
Friday, Mar. 27 at 8:00pm
Saturday, Mar. 28 at 2:00pm
Saturday, Mar. 28 at 8:00pm


Eric Sirakian’s ERMENI is a play about hope and heartbreak. It is about identity and family. But most importantly, it is a play about our relationship to history and memory. When Armenian American college student Ani brings home her Turkish boyfriend Taner, an argument about history turns into a family crisis as Ani’s grandmother suffers a heart attack and must be hospitalized. Taner visits the old woman in the hospital to make peace with the family and to win back the girl he loves. His unexpected burgeoning friendship with a genocide survivor takes him on a journey into the past—a journey towards truth, reconciliation, and the revelation of a family secret that has been buried for years upon years. 

Beyond its beautiful structure, characterization, and language, ERMENI transcends a singular call to remember what happened to the Armenian people. It is a call to our conscience. If we forget history and lose our sense of identity, if we overlook injustice or turn away from the facts, we allow history to repeat itself without a screech of dissent or acknowledgement. ERMENI straddles past and the present as it speaks of distant actions that still reverberate in our lives today. As we approach the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide on April 24th, 2015, we believe that Eric Sirakian’s play will contribute to a universal conversation about how to reconcile two narratives—those of love and hate, friend and foe, me and you—and, perhaps, find a way to move forward. We hope that this play will empower us all to face history and ourselves as we work together to build a better future

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The Trouble With Summer People

by Tim Kelly

Directed by Emma Healy '18
Produced by Grace Shu '18

Yale Repertory Theater, 1120 Chapel St.

Thursday, Apr. 2 at 8:00pm
Friday, Apr. 3 at 8:00pm
Saturday, Apr. 4 at 2:00pm
Saturday, Apr. 4 at 8:00pm

Rupert Baxter, just out of the Army, meets future wife, Janis, at a skating rink (she fell down and he picked her up). They’ll honeymoon at “Wind Chimes,” a guest house on Cape Cod that belongs to his aunt. Sadly, a few weeks before they arrive, a nasty murder is committed: a boarder’s neck is broken by a noose. Since Rupert was with the military police, his aunt is certain he’ll discover “whodunit.” Rupert neglects to tell his aunt, however, that he was reduced in rank and assigned laundry duty for mistakenly arresting the Norwegian Ambassador. The murder is a perplexing puzzle, dealing with a rare set of coins called the “Canterbury Pennies.” Even though the season hasn’t started, summer people (tourists who stay for the summer) start appearing and a pesky kid who’s convinced he’s a criminologist begins to hamper about Rupert every step of the way. The Puckle Sisters, who run a funky gift shop, accuse the newlyweds of stealing a weather vane and the police chief is planning to arrest them. A storm (naturally) traps all of the suspects in the house, and they agree to play “the truth game.” In doing so, the killer is unmasked. Are the Canterbury Pennies real? Why are the shabby rooms three hundred dollars a night? And what has any of this got to do with bicarbonate of soda? Each role is a comic gem.

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