New Haven, Connecticut
Beneficiary of the creativity at Yale School of Drama, the Rep is where great plays go to flourish. Its next production, premiering March 16, is the Civil War-set odyssey Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3 by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks. In fact, of the more than 100 world premieres staged there since 1966 -- including works by August Wilson and Terrence McNally -- two have won the Pulitzer Prize, and 10 earned Tony Awards after graduating to Broadway. And, well, we’re just going to leave this sample of acting alumni here: Paul Newman, Angela Bassett, Sigourney Weaver, Paul Giamatti, Frances McDormand, Henry “The Fonz” Winkler, and the grand dame herself, Meryl Streep.