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Cleveland Play House presents award winning ’Clybourne Park’

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Only play to ever win a Pulitzer Prize, Oliver and Tony Award

In the entire history of theater, one play stands out as having won what is considered the “triple crown” of theater; the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Broadway’s Tony Award for Best Play and London’s Olivier Award for Best New Play. That play is Bruce Norris’ “Clybourne Park” and it has garnered praise worldwide for its biting humor and topical content. Cleveland Play House will be producing this modern marvel of theater from March 21 through April 13, 2014 in the Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare.

“Clybourne Park” takes an intimate look at the race and real estate issue in America both past and present with sharp humor. The play begins where “A Raisin in the Sun” (Lorraine Hansberry’s classic) left off when the Younger family (a black family) moves into the same fictional all white neighborhood at the end of that classic play.

Act One is set in 1959 where a white couple has unknowingly sold their home to a black family and have caused an uproar in their all-white neighborhood. Act Two takes place 50 years later in 2009 as a white couple tries to buy the same house with plans to rebuild and gentrify the house that is situated in the middle of a predominantly black (but slowly changing) neighborhood. Although 50 years apart, both acts show the high emotions that come to the surface where political correctness gives way to emotion as ordinary people try to deal with extraordinary situations.

“The award-winning Clybourne Park is a dangerous and thrilling play that will have audiences gasping and laughing in equal measure,” states CPH Artistic Director Laura Kepley. “As thoughtful as it is challenging, we believe the play will inspire invigorating discussions about change, opportunity and the future of our local and global neighborhoods. CPH will host post-show discussions after every performance, moderated by CPH artistic staff and a member of the cast.”

Clybourne Park contains strong language and mature themes.

Clybourne Park Cast

Kristen Adele (Francine/Lena), Bernard Bygott (Kenneth), Jessica Kitchens (Betsey/Lindsay), Christian Pedersen (Karl/Steve), Jim Poulos (Jim/Tom), Remi Sandri (Russ/Dan), Roya Shanks (Bev/Kathy), Daniel Morgan Shelley (Albert/Kevin)

Clybourne Park Creative Team

Bruce Norris (Playwright), Mark Cuddy (Director), G.W. Mercier (Scenic and Costume Designer), Ann G. Wrightson (Lighting Designer), Lindsay Jones (Sound Designer), John Godbout (Stage Manager) and Tom Humes (Assistant Stage Manager).

This production of Clybourne Park is a co-production with Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York.

Clybourne Park Special Events

Tech Tuesday
Clybourne Park
March 17, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

This is a special presentation, taking place on a Monday. Hear from the director, then sit in on a technical rehearsal ("tech") to see how set, lights, sound, costumes and actors all come together as opening night nears! RSVP required.

InsideCPH@clevelandplayhouse.com
Behind-the-Scenes
Creating a World
March 15, 2014
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

To put 50 years of one home's history on stage, the creative team of Clybourne Park - and every CPH show - must perform theatrical alchemy: turn words on a page into a complete and seamless world on the stage. We'll take a deep dive into the research and resources required for a director and designers to make this magic happen.

Season Extra
Beneatha’s Place
April 7, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Noted writer-director Kwame Kwei-Armah’s play responds to his perception that Clybourne Park perpetuates “the connotation… that whites build and blacks destroy.” Join the Clybourne cast for a special reading of this play and TalkBack.

TalkBack
Clybourne Park

Audiences will want to talk about what they’ve seen in Clybourne Park and CPH will host a TalkBack in the theatre immediately following every performance.

Ticket Information

Clybourne Park will take place March 21 through April 13, 2014 in the Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare. Tickets range in price from $45-$72 each. Students under the age of 25 with a valid ID will be offered a special $15 ticket price. Tickets are also just $25 for anyone under age 35, sponsored by Scene Magazine. To order single tickets you may go online at www.clevelandplayhouse.com, or call (216) 241-6000. Groups of 10+ can save up to 40% off single ticket prices; call 216-400-7027.

About Cleveland Play House

Founded in 1915, Cleveland Play House is America’s first professional regional theatre. Throughout its rich history, Cleveland Play House has remained dedicated to its mission to inspire, stimulate and entertain diverse audiences in Northeast Ohio by producing plays and theatre education programs of the highest professional standards. It has produced more than 100 world and/or American premieres, and over its long history more than 12 million people have attended over 1,300 CPH productions. Cleveland Play House looks toward its centennial while performing in three state-of-the art venues at PlayhouseSquare in downtown Cleveland.

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund Cleveland Play House with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. We also thank the residents of Cuyahoga County for supporting Cleveland Play House through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

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