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The Salvagers

The Salvagers

[New Haven, CT] Harrison David Rivers is an award-winning playwright, librettist and television writer based in St. Paul, Minnesota.

“I write for the theater because theater is the most human thing I know,” Rivers states. “I write to assert my humanity in a country that tells me [and others who look like me] that our lives don’t matter. I write to assert that my black queer body [and other black queer bodies] are worthy of narrative space. I write [as Toni Morrison says] to pull back the veil that has historically been drawn over ‘proceedings too terrible to relate.'”

Yale Repertory Theatre has announced that it will present the playwright’s newest work, “The Salvagers.” This play is a portrait of a father and son who learn how to navigate the path to second, third, and fourth chances in life.

Their icy relationship is further strained as potential romances for both father and son compel them to reckon with the past.

Commissioned by Yale Rep, Harrison David Rivers’ “The Salvagers” receives its world premiere, Nov. 24–Dec. 16, 2023, in New Haven, CT.


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