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Yale Schools of Drama and Music Will Bring “The Soldier’s Tale” to Carnegie Hall April 6

New English translation and stage direction by Liz Diamond; music direction by David Shifrin
February 26, 2014

By Carey Purcell

The Yale School of Music and Yale School of Drama will present the dark comedy The Soldier’s Tale, starring Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris, at Carnegie Hall April 6 at 7:30 PM.

The production, which marks the conclusion of the 2013-14 season of “Yale in New York,” features music by Igor Stravinsky and text by C.F. Ramuz, with a new English translation and stage direction by Liz Diamond.

The concert, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, will feature Cerveris (Assassins, Fun Home), an alumnus of Yale College, as The Reader. The cast includes Yale Drama students Tom Pecinka as The Soldier, James Cusati-Moyer as The Devil and Mariko Parker as The Princess.

“Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale (L’histoire du Soldat) was written in response to the events of World War I, and premiered in 1918,” press notes state. “Marking one hundred years since the outbreak of the war, the Schools of Music and Drama bring a fresh perspective to the work with a lively new translation by Liz Diamond, OBIE Award winning Resident Director at Yale Repertory Theatre and Chair of the Directing Department at Yale School of Drama. Diamond will also stage the production.”