David Lang, composer
New Haven Register | By E. Kyle Minor
Whatever circumstances kept theater director Liz Diamond and composer David Lang from working together at Yale Repertory Theatre would inevitably succumb to fate. Diamond, a resident director at Yale Rep, has directed several productions at the Tony Award-winning regional theater. Lang, a professor of composition at the Yale School of Music, earned his D.M.A. at Yale 26 years ago and has taught here, on and off, since 1994. Along the way, he’s won a Pulitzer Prize, a Grammy Award, and composed music for film, ballet and theater.
At long last, he’s composing music for Yale Rep’s production of Bertolt Brecht’s “Caucasian Chalk Circle,” directed by Diamond. Since Lang is a fan of Brecht, by way of the playwright’s longtime composer, Kurt Weill, Lang is tickled pink to work on the production, which starts previews Friday at University Theatre.
“The ghost of Kurt Weill hangs over everything I do, not just Brecht,” said Lang from his home studio in New York. “I saw an amazing production about a million years ago – the Raul Julia production of ‘Three Penny Opera,’ and it changed my life. MORE