Carl Cofield to Helm Yale Rep’s TWELFTH NIGHT, March 15 – April 6

Yale Repertory Theatre (James Bundy, Artistic Director; Victoria Nolan, Managing Director) presents Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, directed by Carl Cofield, at the University Theatre (222 York Street), March 15-April 6. Opening Night is Thursday, March 21.

The production features choreography by Byron Easley, music compositions and sound design by Frederick Kennedy, scenic design by Riw Rakkulchon, costumes by Mika H. Eubanks, lighting by Samuel Chan Kwan Chi, projections by Brittany Bland, dramaturgy by Molly FitzMaurice and Patrick Young, technical direction by David Phelps, dialect and vocal coaching by Beth McGuire, fight direction by Rick Sordelet, casting by Tara Rubin/Laura Schutzel CSA, stage management by Abigail Gandyand assistant stage manager Zachry J. Bailey.

The cast includes Abubakr Mohamed Ali, Erron Crawford, William DeMeritt, Denzel Fields, Allen Gilmore, Tiffany Denise Hobbs, Moses Ingram, Wesley T. Jones, Manu Netfa Heywot Kumsai, Chivas Michael, Ilia Isorelýs Paulino, Stephon Pettway, Jakeem Dante Powell, Raffeal A. Sears, Malenky Welsh, and Brit West.

Separated from her twin brother in a shipwreck, Viola disguises herself as a man and falls in love with her new employer Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Cesario, who’s really Viola. And that’s before Sebastian washes ashore in search of his missing sister. In director Carl Cofield’s vibrant Afro-futurist production, Shakespeare’s most wonderful romantic comedy brims with music and dances to the heartbeat of unrequited love.

Twelfth Night is Yale Rep’s 2018-19 Will Power! production. The run includes three 10:15AM performances on April 2, 3, and 4, 2019, available to high school groups. For information on Will Power!, please call 203.432.9734 or email

The National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest presents Shakespeare in American Communities. Yale Repertory Theatre is one of 40 professional theater companies selected to participate in bringing the finest productions of Shakespeare to middle- and high-school students in communities across the United States.

Tickets for Twelfth Night range from $12-99 and are available online at, by phone at (203) 432-1234, and in person at the Yale Rep Box Office (1120 Chapel Street). Student, senior, and group rates are also available.

CARL COFIELD directed One Night in Miami (New Drama; Rogue Machine Theater, world premiere; Denver Center Theatre Company; numerous awards from the Los Angeles NAACP, including Best Director, and L.A. Drama Critics Circle; Huffington Post: Best of L.A., 2013); A Raisin in the Sun (Two River Theater Company); Henry IV Part 2 (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Disgraced (Denver Center); The Mountaintop (Cleveland Play House); the 50th-anniversary production of Dutchman (Classical Theatre of Harlem/National Black Theatre; AUDELCO nomination, Best Director); AntigoneThe TempestMacbeth (Classical Theatre of Harlem; AUDELCO nomination, Best Director). Additional credits: the world premieres of The White Card by Claudia Rankine directed by Diane Paulus (Associate Director, American Repertory Theater) and Camp David by Laurence Wright directed by Molly Smith (Assistant Director, Arena Stage). He also directed the reading of Camp David for President and First Lady Carter at the Carter Center retreat in Colorado. As an actor, he has been seen at Manhattan Theater Club (Ruined), Berkeley Rep, Alliance Theatre, Arena Stage, The Shakespeare Theater, Intiman Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Milwaukee Rep, Alabama Shakespeare, McCarter Theatre, The Acting Company, The Studio Theatre, and many others. Carl is the Associate Artistic Director of Classical Theatre of Harlem. He also teaches at New York University and The New School. Education: M.F.A., Columbia University.

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