White Oleander

by Alex Ratner and Eric Sirakian

A New Musical Adaptation

Book by Eric Sirakian '15
Music & Lyrics by Alex Ratner '14+1
Directed by Leora Morris YSD '16

Tickets available at whiteoleanderboxoffice@gmail.com.

A Senior Project in American Studies for Alex Ratner

Based on Janet Fitch's 1999 novel of the same name.

Los Angeles, early 1990s. When Ingrid Magnussen, a beautiful, imperious poet, receives a life sentence for murdering her lover, her adolescent daughter Astrid begins a four-year journey of self-discovery within the L.A. foster care system. A true chameleon, Astrid transforms under the influence of each of her foster mothers as she simultaneously distances herself from Ingrid, a rising celebrity from behind bars, said to be martyred for her strength. With a driving score rooted in the pop/rock musical world of sunny southern California, WHITE OLEANDER is one part mother-daughter drama, one part platform for the voice of the foster kid in America, and one part reflection on the age-old questions: How much do we owe to our parents? How much do we owe to ourselves?
Contact the Show
at alexander.ratner@yale.edu
April 16 at 8:00pm
April 17 at 8:00pm
April 18 at 2:00pm
April 18 at 8:00pm
@ Calhoun Cabaret
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.
Astrid MagnussenSarah Chapin
Ingrid MagnussenCaroline Rouse
Claire Richards/LindaLucy Fleming
Olivia Johnstone/Susan D. ValerisZina Ellis
Starr Thomas/DebbyLucie Ledbetter
Barry Kolker/Uncle Ray/Ron RichardsJacob Osborne
Carolee Thomas/YvonneAlyssa Miller
Paul TroutMiles Walter
Marvel TurlockAnya Richkind
Production Staff
DirectorLeora Morris
ProducerCatherine Chiocchi
Stage ManagerNatalia Forbath
WriterEric Sirakian
Music ComposerAlex Ratner
Musical DirectorAlex Ratner
Set DesignerLeyla Levi
Lighting DesignerGabrielle Roberts
Costume DesignerEleanor Michotte
Sound DesignerDamla Ozdalga
Props DesignerGrace Alofe
Technical DirectorWooje Chang
Master ElectricianGabrielle Roberts
ChoreographerLeah Chernoff
Graphic DesignerBobby Dresser
MusicianChristopher Peters
MusicianKevin Garcia
MusicianAlex Ratner
Lights CrewNikki Teran
Sets CrewTess McCann
Sets CrewKyle Krzesowik
Sets CrewNeyen Romano