PHOTO CALL: Manoel Felciano Stars in Clybourne Park at American Conservatory Theatre

By Krissie Fullerton
24 Jan 2011

Tony Award nominee Manoel Felciano stars in the West Coast premiere of Clybourne Park, the acclaimed Bruce Norris play inspired by A Raisin in the Sun, which began Jan. 20 at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

In addition to Felciano, the cast also includes René Augesen, Anthony Fusco, Gregory Wallace, Omozé Idehenre, Emily Kitchens and Richard Thieriot.

Here's how A.C.T. bills the work: "Clybourne Park cleverly spins the events of A Raisin in the Sun to tell an unforgettable new story about race and real estate in America. Act I opens in 1959, as a white couple sells their home to a black family, causing uproar in their middle-class Chicago neighborhood. Act II transports us to the same house in 2009, when the stakes are different, but the debate is strikingly familiar. Amid lightning-quick repartee, the characters scramble for control of the situation, revealing how we can — and can't — distance ourselves from the stories that linger in our houses."

Here's a look at the production:

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René Augesen, Gregory Wallace and Manoel Felciano
Photo by Erik Tomasson