Annie Parisse Exits Clybourne Park's Neighborhood on July 15; Sarah Goldberg in the Wings
By Kenneth Jones
Annie Parisse, who created the roles of Betsey and Lindsey in the 2010 world premiere of Clybourne Park and reunited with the company for the 2012 Broadway premiere, exits the Broadway cast after the July 15 performance. The 2011 Olivier Award nominee Sarah Goldberg (who played the roles in London) joins the troupe of the 2012 Tony Award-winning Best Play on July 17.
Parisse appeared in Broadway's Prelude to a Kiss (2007), was Lucille Lortel Award-nominated for playing Becky Shaw Off-Broadway, and was Drama Desk Award-nominated for her work in Off-Broadway's The Internationalist. She has appeared in All's Well That Ends Well and Measure for Measure for NYSF, and has played regional theatres around the country.
Goldberg was nominated for the 2011 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress when she created the roles of hearing-impaired '50s wife Betsy and 2009 gentrifier Lindsey in the 2011 Olivier and Evening Standard Award-winning production of Clybourne Park at the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre. A native of Vancouver, Canada, Goldberg studied drama in London before starring there in productions of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s Apologia at the Bush Theatre and Six Degrees of Separation at the Old Vic. Goldberg was last seen by New York audiences in the Roundabout Theatre Company production of Look Back in Anger.
Winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and Olivier Award, Clybourne Park, according to press notes, 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."
Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park received its world premiere at Playwrights Horizons in 2010 followed by a critically acclaimed pre-Broadway engagement at Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Under the direction of 2012 Tony nominee Pam MacKinnon, the original cast includes Crystal A. Dickinson, Brendan Griffin, Damon Gupton, Christina Kirk, Parisse, 2012 Tony nominee Jeremy Shamos and Frank Wood.
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