Barrington's Clybourne Park, With Carol Halstead, Greg Jackson and More, Opens Sept. 29
By Michael Gioia
Barrington Stage Company, under the leadership of artistic director Julianne Boyd and managing director Tristan Wilson, presents the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play Clybourne Park, which officially opens Sept. 29, following previews that began Sept. 26, on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage.
Directed by Giovanna Sardelli (BSC's Muckrakers, Lord of the Flies, The North Pool), the co-production with Vermont's Dorset Theatre Festival (Dina Janis, artistic director) continues through Oct. 13.
The cast features Carol Halstead (The Best Man) as Bev/Kathy, Clea Alsip (Long Wharf Theatre's The Killing of Sister George) as Betsey/Lindsey, Kevin Crouch (His Girl Friday at Connecticut Reperatory Theatre) as Jim/Tom/Kenneth, Lynnette R. Freeman (A Raisin in the Sun at the Arkansas Reperatory Theatre) as Francine/Lena, Andy Lucien (The Last Seder at Theater Three) as Albert/Kevin, Greg Jackson (Off-Broadway's Duet!) as Karl/Steve and Remi Sandri (BSC's The North Pool) as Russ/Dan.
Inspired by A Raisin in the Sun, according to BSC, "Clybourne Park's two acts are set 50 years apart. Act One takes place where the 1959 A Raisin in the Sun leaves off: with a white couple selling their home to a black family and causing uproar among their neighbors. Act Two takes place fifty years later with a black family selling the house to a white family who believe in urban gentrification – or do they?"
The production is designed by Narelle Sissons (sets), Barbara A. Bell (costumes), Michael Giannitti (lights) and Ryan Rumery (sound). Marjorie Ann Wood is the production stage manager.
A talkback with the cast will follow the Oct. 3 performance at 7 PM.
The Boyd-Quinson Mainstage is located at 30 Union Street in Pittsfield, MA. For more information and tickets, call (413) 236-8888 or visit BarringtonStageCo.org.
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