Clybourne Park may bow on Broadway

The New York Times reports that Bruce Norris' Pulitzer Prize-winning play Clybourne Park, directed by Pam MacKinnon, may come to Broadway in the spring, if a suitable theatre is available.


Clybourne Park: 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.

A spokeswoman for the Center Theater Group in Los Angeles, where a production of the play will run from 11 Jan - 26 Feb 2012, told the paper that the Lincoln Center Theater and theatre producers Scott Rudin and Stuart Thompson are looking at the feasibility of bringing the show to Broadway.

The play premiered Off-Broadway as Playwright Horizons, were it ran an extended run from 29 Jan - 21 Mar 2010. Directed by Pam MacKinnon, the production starred Frank Wood, Annie Parisse, Jeremy Shamos, Crystal A. Dickinson, Brendan Griffin, Damon Gupton and Christina Kirk.

The producers were unable to verify if the original cast from the Off-Broadway run would reprise their roles in a possible Broadway outing, though, one Theatre executive involved with the production told the Ny Times that he believed "that most if not all of the original cast would be re-assembled."

The play premiered in London at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by Dominic Cooke, were it ran from 26 Aug - 6 Oct 2010, before transferring to London's West End, where it played at the Wyndham's Theatre from 28 Jan - 7 May 2011.

The show opened in London to excellent reviews: Norris's play nails the thorny subject of race relations with a bilious zest that takes one's breath away (The Guardian); This is thrillingly provocative theatre (Evening Standard); Hilarious and transgressive play that questions racial stereotypes and plays wicked games with political correctness (The Stage); Witty and intelligent script, which turns out to be anything but bland! ( The London production also won the Olivier Award for Best new play.

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