Amy Morton Will Direct Steppenwolf's Clybourne Park; Casting Announced

News   Amy Morton Will Direct Steppenwolf's Clybourne Park; Casting Announced Tony Award nominee and Steppenwolf ensemble member Amy Morton will direct Steppenwolf Theatre Company's upcoming production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Clybourne Park, which will kick off the company's 2011-12 season.

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Bruce Norris' play is scheduled to run Sept. 8-Nov. 6 in Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre.

The cast will feature ensemble members James Vincent Meredith (Albert, Kevin), Karen Aldridge (Francine, Lena), Cliff Chamberlain (Karl, Steve), Stephanie Childers (Betsy, Lindsey), Kirsten Fitzgerald (Bev, Kathy), John Judd (Russ, Dan) and Brendan Marshall-Rashid (Jim, Tom, Kenneth).

"On two separate afternoons, 50 years apart, a modest bungalow on Chicago’s northwest side becomes a contested site in the politics of race," according to Steppenwolf press notes. "September 1959: Russ and Bev are moving out to the suburbs. They’ve inadvertently sold the house to the neighborhood’s first black family and ignited a community showdown. September 2009: the neighborhood is ripe for gentrification and the house is again changing hands. This time to a young white couple with plans for demolition and a knack for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time.  In a provocative nod to A Raisin in the Sun, longtime Steppenwolf collaborator Bruce Norris takes a hilarious look at what happens when home becomes a battleground."

Bruce Norris won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Clybourne Park.  His other works at Steppenwolf include A Parallelogram, The Unmentionables, The Pain and the Itch, We All Went Down to Amsterdam, Purple Heart and The Infidel.

The production team for Clybourne Park includes Todd Rosenthal (scenic design), Nan Cibula-Jenkins (costume design), Pat Collins (lighting design) and Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen (sound design).  Additional credits include: Erica Daniels (casting), Deb Styer (stage manager) and Michelle Medvin (assistant stage manager). Steppenwolf Theatre Company is located at 1650 N. Halsted St. For ticket information visit www.steppenwolf.org.

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