There Goes the Neighborhood: Broadway's Clybourne Park Closes Sept. 2
By Kenneth Jones
Clybourne Park, the 2012 Tony Award-winning Best Play, ends its limited Broadway run (already extended) on Sept. 2 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. By close, the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy-drama about race and real estate will have played 27 previews and 157 regular performances.
Clybourne Park was first announced as a 16-week limited engagement on Broadway; it was previously extended to Aug. 12, owing to enthusiastic reviews.
Bruce Norris' play, directed by Tony nominee Pam MacKinnon, first surfaced Off-Broadway in 2010, at Playwrights Horizons. The Broadway engagement reunited that earlier cast and creative team.
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.
The design team featured Daniel Ostling (scenic design), Ilona Somogyi (costume design), Allen Lee Hughes (lighting design) and John Gromada (sound design).
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.
The Walter Kerr Theatre box office is 219 W. 48th Street. For tickets, visit telecharge.com.
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