Pioneer Theatre Company's Clybourne Park, With David Manis and Howard Overshown, Opens Feb. 15
By Michael Gioia
Bruce Norris' Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Clybourne Park, is presented by the Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City. The production officially opens Feb. 15 at the Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre.
Directed by Timothy Douglas, performances of the two-act play — which examines the issue of race in a Chicago neighborhood in 1959 and 2009 — continue through March 2.
The cast features David Manis (War Horse, A Free Man of Color) as Russ and Dan, Howard Overshown (A Free Man of Color, Julius Caesar) as Albert and Kevin, Tarah Flanagan as Betsy and Lindsey, Erika Rose as Francine and Lena, Kasey Mahaffy as Jim and Tom, Brian Normoyle as Karl and Steve, and Celeste Ciulla as Bev and Kathy.
Clybourne Park, according to PTC, "is a fascinating, insightful, and often brutally funny look at the way we talk about — or avoid talking about — race in America. When a white couple wants to buy a home in the gentrifying, all-black neighborhood of Clybourne Park, Chicago, they unknowingly re-enact the same tense drama, fraught with miscommunications and barely suppressed hostility that occurred fifty years earlier in the same house."
Other members of the creative team include set designer George Maxwell, costume designer Carol Wells-Day, lighting designer Les Dickert, sound designer Matthew Tibbs, hair and makeup designer Amanda French, dramaturg Sydney Cheek-O'Donnell, associate dramaturg Martine Kei Green-Rogers, production stage manager Jeffrey Stewart Williams and stage manager Mary P. Costello.
The Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre is located at 300 South 1400 East in Salt Lake City, UT. For more information and tickets, call (801) 581-6961 or visit PioneerTheatre.org.
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