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Clybourne Park to open on Broadway in Apr 2012


Bruce Norris' Pulitzer Prize-winning play Clybourne Park, directed by Pam MacKinnon, will open at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre on 12 Apr 2012. First preview will be announced at a later date.

 

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.

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 original cast of the 2010 world premiere Playwrights Horizons production, currently performing at Center Theater Group's Mark Taper Forum through to 26 Feb 2012, is expected to make the move to Broadway.

Clybourne Park 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! (londontheatre.co.uk). The London production also won the Olivier Award for Best new play.

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