Clybourne Park (2012)

by Bruce Norris

April 2 – 28, 2012
Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs
in association with Canadian Stage

CANADIAN PREMIERE

Dora Award Nomination: OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE (Michael Healey)

In this hilariously unsettling comedy – inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun – a battle over race and real estate rages across two generations in a suburban Chicago neighbourhood. With a modern twist on issues of race, class, property ownership and community, Clybourne Park offers a satirical look at demographics, history, home and heart.

After its February 2010 premiere at Playwrights Horizons in New York, followed by its January 2011 UK premiere at the Royal Court Theatre in London, Clybourne Park appeared in numerous top ten lists and won the 2010 London Evening Standard, 2010 Critics’ Circle and 2011 Olivier awards for Best New Play, as well as the 2011 South Bank Sky Arts Theatre Award and 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The Pulitzer board described it as, “a powerful work whose memorable characters speak in witty and perceptive ways to America’s sometimes toxic struggle with race and class consciousness.”

Studio 180’s production was the Canadian premiere of this internationally acclaimed work, and our fourth offering as part of the Berkeley Street Project initiative at Canadian Stage.

DIRECTED BY Joel Greenberg
FEATURING Audrey Dwyer, Michael Healey, Sterling Jarvis, Jeff Lillico, Mark McGrinder, Kimwun Perehinec & Maria Ricossa
ORIGINAL SCENERY & COSTUME DESIGN David Boechler
COSTUMES Michelle Bailey
SET Jung-Hye Kim
LIGHTING DESIGN Kimberly Purtell
SOUND DESIGN Lyon Smith
PROPS BY Mary Spyrakis & Vanessa Janiszewski
STAGE MANAGER Robert Harding
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Laura Baxter
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Ray Strachan
PRODUCTION MANAGER Nathaniel Kennedy


The Three Cities Within Toronto: Income Polarization Among Toronto’s Neighbourhoods, 1970–2005Lobby Exhibit

Audience members who attended Clybourne Park in 2012 would have seen a lobby exhibit courtesy of Professor J. David Hulchanski from the University of Toronto. We hosted a landmark work revealing the growing disparity between rich and poor in our very own city – The Three Cities Within Toronto: Income Polarization Among Toronto’s Neighbourhoods, 1970–2005.


Season Sponsor 2011/12


BMO Financial Group

“EXPLOSIVE! EXCEPTIONAL! EXHILARATING! This is the BEST: one of the few award-winning plays that actually deserves its prize. Subversive humour that is bitingly HILARIOUS. Under Joel Greenberg’s direction, this is a BRILLIANT feat of ensemble work.”

NATIONAL POST


“A NASTY and BRILLIANT Pulitzer Prize-winning COMEDY. Digs into the politics of race and class buried beneath housing bubbles and bidding wars. The production SOARS!”

GLOBE AND MAIL


“CUTTING SATIRE and surgically incisive drama. The audience GASPED.”

TORONTO STAR


“HILARIOUS! Fascinating play and WONDERFUL production. The cast is TERRIFIC!”

CIUT FM & SLOTKINLETTER.COM


“EXCELLENT! Thought-provoking and hilarious! It finds the PERFECT balance between awkwardness, discomfort and humour. EVERYONE SHOULD SEE THIS PLAY – you’ll laugh, you’ll squirm and leave with a new perspective on discussions happening in our own city right now.”

THE CHARLEBOIS POST

“I see a lot of theatre and this was one of the best productions of this past year! The topic was real and relevant to our city and times as well as to the setting of the story.”

WILMA P.

“This was an amazing production, kept me on the edge of my seat , in prolonged uneasiness throughout. Slammed home personal memories of living in a small Ontario town during the 2nd world war – many immigrants from Europe, and the time it took many people to accept them as neighbours! Pain for me to realize that members of my own family had prejudicial feelings…, and that I never really let myself look at it for what it was. This production never let up on it – it was uncomfortable whether it was subtle or blatant, all the way through! Beautifully acted by a superb cast!!”

LEE K.

“Back in the early 1960s, while attending a university in Michigan, our Fraternity house was four blocks from the North/South dividing line between the predominantly Black and White populations of that city. In the course of my last two years there, the fraternity experienced the first ‘black’ to move into the ‘white’ neighbourhood and the succeeding tensions as written about in Clybourne Park. The play brought that period vividly back to my memory. It made me try to think what would the ‘old’ neighbourhood be like today, have things really changed, would there still be racial tensions – or would everyone be accepted as just another neighbour?”

RON S.

“My husband and I were very much impressed with the experience. The play itself was wickedly funny and thought provoking. The performances by the actors were completely engrossing. You sometimes felt you were a peeping Tom on someone’s life. Love it all.”

KATHLEEN L.

Clybourne Park exceeded my expectations. It was no ordinary play. As the show ended I had the overwhelming feeling that I had just taken part in something momentous. The writing is brilliant and the actors were superb. Thank you for an unforgettable experience.”

LALLY F.