ONE PULITZER, NO PRODUCER: Second only to Rebecca in Broadway scandaldom this year was the will-it-come-in-or-not melodrama of Bruce Norris' Pulitzer Prize-winning play Clybourne Park. The drama was scheduled to enjoy a prestigious Broadway berth courtesy of the experienced and wealthy hands of producer Scott Rudin. But the show's future was cast in doubt after a spat between the writer and producer led Rudin to abandon the show. (Something about Norris, who's also actor, suddenly pulling out of a Rudin television mini-series he had promised to be part of.) Norris and the cast were blindsided by the producer's vengeful exit. But Jordan Roth, the youthful president of Jujamcyn Theaters, quickly stepped in to make sure he wouldn't lose the booking at his Walter Kerr Theatre. Park went on to twice extend its limited 16-week engagement, and win the Tony for Best Play.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.