Address: 1120 Chapel St., New Haven, CT
THE BRIGHTEST THING IN THE WORLD
By Leah Nanako Winkler
Directed by Margot Bordelon
Commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre
Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street)
November 25–December 17, 2022
See website for showtimes. https://yalerep.org/about/2022-23-season/
It’s classic rom-com. Beguiling Lane works in a bakery and in short order wins over cool customer Steph with her warmth, wit, and homemade desserts. Their blossoming relationship also opens the door to romance for Lane’s older sister Della, who hasn’t been on a date in years. But the skies dramatically darken as each woman must come to terms with her own limitations. The Brightest Thing in the World is a funny and compassionate new play about people we all know and people we all love.
Leah Nanako Winkler is a Japanese American playwright from Kamakura, Japan and Lexington, Kentucky. Her plays include Kentucky (Page 73/Ensemble Studio Theater), God Said This (Primary Stages/ Humana Festival of New American Plays), Death for Sydney Black (terraNova Collective), Two Mile Hollow (simultaneous world premiere: First Floor Theater, Artist’s at Play, Theater Mu/Mixed Blood, Ferocious Lotus), Hot Asian Doctor Husband (Theater Mu), and Nevada-Tan (Audible), and more. Accolades include the Yale Drama Series Prize, Peabody Award, the Francesca Primus Prize, the Mark O’Donnell Prize, the Jerome New York Fellowship, and most recently a Steinberg Playwright Award. TV: Ramy, New Amsterdam, Love Life. She is a member of Ensemble Studio Theater, Ma Yi Lab, East West Players Writers Group. She serves on the board of Page 73. MFA: Brooklyn College.
Margot Bordelon is a New York-based director who specializes in new work. Yale Rep: peerless by Jiehae Park. Off-Broadway and New York credits include Do You Feel Anger? (Vineyard Theatre), Eddie and Dave (Atlantic Theater Company), Plot Points in Our Sexual Development (LCT3), Too Heavy for Your Pocket (Roundabout Underground), The Pen (Premieres NYC), A Delicate Ship (Playwrights Realm), Still (Juilliard), Wilder Gone (Clubbed Thumb), The Last Class: A Jazzercize Play (DODO). Margot has directed productions regionally at ACT Seattle, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alliance Theatre, American Theater Company, Marin Theater Company, and Steppenwolf. She has developed work at Ars Nova, Berkeley Rep, Cherry Lane, The Lark, Ma-Yi, MTC, New Dramatists, NYTW, P73, Playwrights Horizons, Portland Center Stage, Primary Stages, The Public, PWC, Rattlestick, the Wilma, and Woolly Mammoth. Upcoming: Something Clean (Roundabout Underground), You Lost Me (Denver Center), …what the end will be (Roundabout). B.F.A., Cornish College of the Arts; M.F.A., David Geffen School of Drama.