Outside Wednesday Night At Toad's

by Zulfiqar Mannan

a suicide in two acts

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Warning: This production contains strong evocations of suicide. People sensitive to this subject should consider the Sunday 11/5 reading rather than the fully staged play.

A witty, smiling and seemingly put-together freshman hangs himself in the sanctuary of his Bingham suite, protected by a bolted door and his routinely beaming nonchalance, and no one knows what broke when. At Yale, where kids allow nothing to ever go wrong, things rarely do. So as the vigils light up for Adiche and articles leak out from crevices of the campus wide and unheard, his friends are left only to wonder if something went awry in the way they loved and were loved by the dead boy. Outside Toad’s is an exploration of the intricate social dynamics that develop in the melting pot of ideologies, nationalities and colors allowed to run amok at Yale College. The play wanders through the incomplete stories of these brilliant, irreplaceable teenagers at the cusp of adulthood, stroked by the glowing pride of their peers and the excellence of the institution. Through a mishmash of conversations heard and scattered through the lenses of paranoia and intellect, the story unravels the mishaps of the perfect life lived collegiate at Yale. The play delves into the importance that race dynamics play in the individual’s head space, how complicated the ideas of assimilation and inclusion become and just how easily they overpower one’s mental health struggles. The story of Adiche’s life, a suicide in two acts, makes commentary on our generational moods – of irony, of cynicism and of the romanticization of depression and the penance for it that came in the form of anxiety.
Contact the Show
at zulfiqar.mannan@yale.edu
Performances
November 5 at 2:00pm
November 9 at 8:00pm
November 10 at 8:00pm
November 11 at 2:00pm
November 11 at 8:00pm
@ The Underbrook
Reservations
Show no longer running
Patrons should arrive at the theater 15 minutes before the performance to claim their reservation. At the scheduled performance time, patrons will be let in off of the waitlist based on when they signed up on the YDC website. Patrons with reservations arriving after this time will be treated as if they are at the top of the waitlist. Please see the full policy here.
Cast
ADICHEBranson Rideaux
ANYAAyla Khan
HANAAlexa Stanger
THE BAND 1Jazzie Kennedy
THE BAND 2Lucy Wilkins
THE BAND 3/TherapistHenry Suckow-Ziemer
THE BAND 4Noah Stetson
Production Staff
DirectorCasey Odesser
ProducerXander de Vries
Assistant DirectorZulfiqar Mannan
Stage ManagerMohammed Akam
Assistant Stage ManagerChristina Carrafiell
Lighting DesignerConnor Baggia-Mejía Duwan
Assistant Lighting DesignerAnna Lazarova
ChoreographerHana Davis
Scenic ArtistTho Tran
Props MasterSimon Stone
Set DesignerTho Tran
Assistant Set DesignerHazal Özgür
Makeup ArtistMeghana Singh

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