Harrison David Rivers ’09 Explores Love and Forgiveness in New Play at Yale Repertory Theatre

Carlos Barragán
August 22, 2023

Playwriting alumnus Harrison David Rivers ’09 has written a new play called The Salvagers. The play, scheduled to debut in November 2023 at Yale Repertory Theatre, is directed by filmmaker Mikael Burke.

The Salvagers tells the story of 37-year-old Senior and 23-year-old Junior, father and son, who find themselves under the same roof during a particularly cold winter in Chicago. Their strained relationship is tested further as new romantic entanglements enter their lives, forcing them to confront a complicated past. The Salvagers is a beautifully observed and humorous play about the second, third, and fourth chances that may be possible when hard truths are delivered in love.

The Salvagers is supported in its development and production by the Binger Center for New Theatre at Yale and will run from November 24 through December 16, 2023.Tickets will be available here starting August 28.

Harrison David Rivers is an award-winning playwright, librettist, and television writer based in Minnesota. He writes plays about broken people who find strength in their imperfections, with the hope that his work may usher in a more equitable, courageous, kind, and accepting world. His plays include: the bandaged place, When Last We Flew, Sweet, And She Would Stand Like This, Where Storms Are Born, A Crack in the Sky, This Bitter Earth, To Let Go and Fall, and Broadbend, Arkansas. His television credits include One of Us is Lying (Peacock), The Nevers (HBO), and The Plot (Hulu). Rivers is a recipient of McKnight and Jerome Fellowships at The Playwrights Center, as well as a New Dramatists’ Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship. He has completed residencies with the Bogliasco Foundation, Siena Art Institute, The Hermitage, and Duke University. His work has been commissioned by Roundabout Theatre Company, Transport Group, Penumbra, TheaterWorks Hartford, Geva Theatre Center, and La Jolla Playhouse.