family argument

Photo by Frank Wojciechowski

February 10-11 and 16, 19 + 20, 2018

February 10, 16, 19 + 20
8:00 PM
February 11
2:00 PM
Wallace Theater, Lewis Arts complex
Tickets required

Book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Music by Tom Kitt

An unflinching look at a modern family struggling with the effects of mental illness, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and an energetic pop/rock score by Tom Kitt. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score, and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize. This Program in Theater and Music Theater production is directed by Ethan Heard, music directed by Alex Ratner, and features theater seniors Katie Frorer and Kat Giordano with stage management by theater senior Magda Stankowska.

The February 11 performance will be followed by an audience talkback led by Calvin Chin, Director of Princeton’s Counseling and Psychological Services, and the February 19 talkback will be led by Professor Sabine Kastner, Professor of Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute.

Tickets are $8 students (Passport to the Arts eligible), $12 seniors; $12 general admission in advance; $17 general admission day of the event. Tickets are available through University Ticketing online, by calling 609-258-9220, at the Frist Campus Center Ticket Office, or at the door on the night of performances. Update Feb. 15: Currently sold out, however a stand-by line will be formed at the ticket counter in the Forum starting 30 mins. prior to curtain.



ETHAN HEARD directs plays, musicals, and opera, ranging from new work to Shakespeare, Sondheim to Monteverdi. Ethan is Founding Co-Artistic Director of Heartbeat Opera and Resident Director of Cantata Profana. He also teaches acting and directing at Yale School of Drama and Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Recent musical theater includes: Little Shop of Horrors (nominated for five Berkshire Theatre Awards including Outstanding Direction), Bells Are Ringing starring Kate Baldwin and Graham Rowat, A Little Night Music starring Kate Baldwin, Gregg Edelman, and Phillipa Soo (Berkshire Theatre Group), the world premiere of Mark Campbell and Marisa Michelson’s The Other Roomstarring Phoebe Strole (Inner Voices), Sunday in the Park with George (Yale School of Drama), Merrily We Roll Along (Yale Dramat), Into the Woods, The Producers, and The Luckiest Girl (Princeton). Ethan remounted The Secret, Jay Chou’s jukebox musical, for John Rando and Broadway Asia in Shanghai.

While earning his MFA at Yale School of Drama, Ethan served as Artistic Director of Yale Cabaret, where he co-created Basement Hades (with original music by Daniel Schlosberg) and Trannequin (a musical about a transgender mannequin); he also launched the tradition of Yale School of Drag. He received his BA in Theater Studies from Yale College and won the Sledge Prize for Performing Arts. He toured the world with the Yale Whiffenpoofs, singing more than 200 concerts in 25 countries. He has assisted directors Thomas Kail, Nicholas Martin, Steve Cosson, Mark Brokaw, Gilbert Blin, and Annette Jolles.


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