A New Brain

by William Finn and James Lapine

Poster for A New Brain

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for A New Brain

Based on the real life experience of composer William Finn (whose other shows include Falsettos and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), A New Brain tells the story of Gordon Schwinn, a composer who discovers he has a life-threatening brain disease.  Gordon winds up in the hospital, surrounded by his maritime-enthusiast lover, his mother, a co-worker, the doctor, and the nurses, each of whom has their own quirks and neuroses.  Gordon’s joy returning to his work is an important reminder of the healing power of art and is especially timely as we return to theatermaking post-COVID. With a small cast and a sung-through score, this show is a great opportunity for performers of all backgrounds to tell a story that is energetic, sardonic, comical and — most importantly — fun.  

Our auditions will be held from 1pm-3pm on Friday, 12/3, 2:30pm-5pm on Saturday, 12/4, and from 2-3pm on Sunday 12/5. If you are able, please try to sign up for a slot on Friday or Saturday, but we’ll have a few slots on Sunday if that doesn’t work for you.  If none of the available slots on our YCA page work for you, please reach out to Ellie (ellie.burke@yale.edu) and we’ll find a time that works!

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Performance Dates & Times

March 10, 2022 - 8:00pm

March 11, 2022 - 8:00pm

March 12, 2022 - 2:00pm

March 12, 2022 - 8:00pm


Lighten Theater

Venue Accessibility: 
Lobby is accessible via building entrance by the north Sachem Street gate. Upper lobby and balcony seating is located on the ground level. Lower lobby and stage level seating is accessible via an elevator. Facilities are located on both levels.

Patron Information

This performance is open to asymptomatic Yale students, faculty, and staff with an up-to-date vaccination status. Please bring your COVID 19 vaccination card, a clearly legible photo of your vaccination card on your phone, or your MyChart vaccination confirmation and a photo ID. Front of House staff will be checking tickets, IDs, and proof of vaccination. Yale-approved masks are required for all performers and audience members.


Gordon Michael Schwinn
Mimi Schwinn
Roger Delli-Bovi
Mr. Bungee
Waitress/Nancy D.
Dr. Jafar Berensteiner
The Minister

Production Team

Musical Director
Musical Director
Stage Manager
Grace Dodd
Sound Engineer
Sound Engineer
Sound Engineer
Sound Designer
Lighting Designer
Costume Designer
Set Designer
AJ Laird