From The Mountaintop to The Columnist, A Look at the 2011-12 Broadway Season: The Plays

By Playbill Staff
24 Mar 2012

Show: Clybourne Park
Theatre: Walter Kerr Theatre
Preview: March 26, 2012
Opening: April 19, 2012
Closing: Open-ended
Creators: Play by Bruce Norris. Direction by Pam MacKinnon.
Original Principal Cast: Crystal A. Dickinson as Francine/Lena, Brendan Griffin as Jim/Tom/Kenneth, Damon Gupton as Albert/Kevin, Christina Kirk as Bev/Kathy, Annie Parisse as Betsy/Lindsey, Jeremy Shamos as Karl/Steve and Frank Wood as Russ/Dan.
Synopsis: In Clybourne Park, which also won the Olivier Award for Best New Play, "Norris imagines the history of one of the more important houses in literary history, both before and after it becomes a focal point in Lorraine Hansberry's classic A Raisin in the Sun," according to previous press notes. "In 1959, the house, which is located in a white neighborhood at 406 Clybourne St. in Chicago, is sold to an African-American family (the Younger family in A Raisin in the Sun). Then in 2009 after the neighborhood has changed into an African-American community, the house is sold to a white couple. It is through this prism of property ownership that Norris' lacerating sense of humor dissects race relations and middle class hypocrisies in America."

Check out photos from Clybourne Park's L.A. opening.

Watch highlights from the L.A. production:

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