Clybourne Park, With Wood, Parisse, Shamos and More, Begins NYC World Premiere

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29 Jan 2010

Playwright Bruce Norris
Playwright Bruce Norris
Photo by Aaron Epstein
Tony Award winner Frank Wood, Emmy nominee Annie Parisse, Jeremy Shamos, Crystal A. Dickinson, Brendan Griffin, Damon Gupton and Christina Kirk are featured in the Playwrights Horizons world premiere of Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park, a play about racial change in a neighborhood, beginning Jan. 29.

Opening night at the Off-Broadway company's Mainstage Theater will be Feb. 21.

Norris wrote The Pain and the Itch, seen at Playwrights Horizons in the 2006-07 season. Clybourne Park is Norris' first play to have its world premiere in New York City. PH presented his first New York premiere with The Pain and the Itch in 2006, but five of his plays had their world premieres at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago.

Pam MacKinnon (Peter and Jerry, The Four of Us, Occupant) directs the play, which is billed this way: "In 1959, a white family moves out. In 2009, a white family moves in. In the intervening years, change overtakes a neighborhood, along with attitudes, inhabitants and property values. Loosely inspired by Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, this pitch-black comedy from Bruce Norris takes on the specter of gentrification in one of America's most recognizable communities — leaving no stone unturned in the process."

The production features scenic design by Dan Ostling, costume design by Ilona Somogyi, lighting design by Allen Lee Hughes and sound design by John Gromada. Production stage manager is Carol A. Clark.



The limited engagement is scheduled to run through March 7, 2010.

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Wood won his Tony Best Actor in Side Man and recently appeared in August: Osage County; Parisse ("Law & Order") was Becky Shaw Off-Broadway at Second Stage; Shamos appeared in PH's 100 Saints You Should Know and Miss Witherspoon, plus Gutenberg! The Musical Off-Broadway; Dickinson's credits include Ruined and Broke-ology; Griffin was featured in the world premiere of Itamar Moses' Back Back Back at The Old Globe; Gupton was in Inked Baby at PH; Kirk has worked at the Vineyard in God's Ear at and Soho Rep in Suitcase and [sic].

Norris is an actor and writer whose plays include The Infidel (2000), Purple Heart (2002), We All Went Down to Amsterdam (2003), The Pain and the Itch (2004) and The Unmentionables (2006) all of which had their premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre. His newest play, titled A Parallelogram, will premiere there in 2010.

Tickets are $65. Tickets can be purchased online via TicketCentral.com, by phone at (212) 279-4200 or in person at the Ticket Central Box Office, 416 West 42nd Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenues).

For more information, visit www.playwrightshorizons.org.