Celebrating 15 years

Clybourne Park (2013)

by Bruce Norris

Feb 12 – Mar 3, 2013
Panasonic Theatre

Presented by David Mirvish as part of OFF-MIRVISH: The Second Stage Series

THE PULITZER PRIZE–WINNING BATTLE OVER RACE AND REAL ESTATE


We were proud to bring our successful 2012 production back to Toronto as Mirvish Productions launched an exciting new subscription series. In its first year, OFF-MIRVISH: The Second Stage Series featured acclaimed new productions from our own community, local productions of award-winning international new plays and original productions of new works from the world festival circuits.

In the hilariously unsettling Clybourne Park – 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, and its January 2011 UK premiere at the Royal Court Theatre in London, Clybourne Park appeared in numerous top ten lists, winning 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. In June 2012, playwright Bruce Norris was awarded the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play.

Studio 180’s 2012 production was the Canadian premiere of this internationally acclaimed work.

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 DESIGN COORDINATOR Michael Gianfrancesco
LIGHTING DESIGN Kimberly Purtell
ORIGINAL SOUND DESIGN Lyon Smith
SOUND DESIGN Lyon Smith & Michael Laird
PROPERTIES DESIGN COORDINATOR Mary Spyrakis
PROPS BUILDER Vanessa Janiszewski
STAGE MANAGER Robert Harding
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Liz Campbell
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Adrien Whan


Season Sponsor 2012/13


BMO Financial Group

Acclaim for Studio 180’s April 2012 production

“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

“This is a play that you can discuss for hours and days after having seen it. It is thought-provoking, funny and makes one think…”
JANE W.

“I know when Studio 180 mounts the show, it will be worth seeing. Good production, well acted, fascinating script… we got into discussion with fellow audience members at the intermission. Hooray!”
CARL B.

“PHENOMENAL production. Witty, hilarious, thought-provoking and boldly directed as this piece needs to be. Incredible performances all around. Absolutely loved it. I never fill out these surveys, but I want to add my voice to the pile: this was without reservation an absolutely brilliant show and so well performed. Bravo to all.”
JONATHAN T.

“I was very changed by Clybourne Park – I found the production extremely engaging, emotionally difficult and fascinating. Ultimately, I felt implicated by what occurred on stage and left the theatre feeling guilty and confused about who and what I am. I am returning to see the play again with some friends to get another chance to experience it and understand my reaction. I think it’s an important piece of theatre.”
ROSE C.

“I went with a friend and had lots to talk about with her after the play. I also found myself talking about it the next day with people who hadn’t seen it. I just discovered Studio 180 this year and I am so impressed – I love theatre that challenges us to think and talk about important and maybe uncomfortable issues.”
JENNIFER A.