By Joseph Marzullo
02 Sep 2012
Clybourne Park was first announced as a 16-week limited engagement on Broadway; it was previously extended to Aug. 12, owing to enthusiastic reviews.
Here's a look at the final curtain call, and the after party, which was held at The Lambs Club.
Clybourne Park, which takes its inspiration from A Raisin in the Sun to discuss the roots of social change in an American suburb, was nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Play (Bruce Norris), Best Direction of a Play (Pam MacKinnon), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Jeremy Shamos) and Best Scenic Design of a Play (Daniel Ostling). It won the Best Play Tony Award on June 10. The play won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and Olivier Award for a separate London production.
Here's how it's billed: Clybourne Park "is the wickedly funny and fiercely provocative new play about race, real estate and the volatile values of each. Clybourne Park explodes in two outrageous acts set 50 years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification."
This staging had a critically acclaimed pre-Broadway engagement at Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. The original, L.A. and Broadway cast included Crystal A. Dickinson, Brendan Griffin, Damon Gupton, Christina Kirk, Annie Parisse, Jeremy Shamos and Frank Wood. Sarah Goldberg, an Olivier nominee for the London run, stepped into the dual roles created by Parisse over the summer and completes the run.
Clybourne Park was produced by Jordan Roth, Jujamcyn Theaters, Jane Bergère, Roger Berlind/Quintet Productions, Eric Falkenstein/Dan Frishwasser, Ruth Hendel/Harris Karma Productions, JTG Theatricals, Daryl Roth, Jon B. Platt, Center Theatre Group, in association with Lincoln Center Theater.