Clybourne Park

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By Bruce Norris
Directed by Joel Greenberg

In association with Canadian Stage

April 2–28, 2012

Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs

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. 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.

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Dora Award Nomination: Outstanding Performance, Michael Healey

Written by Bruce Norris
Directed by Joel Greenberg
Assistant Directed by Ray Strachan
Featuring Audrey Dwyer, Michael Healey, Sterling Jarvis, Jeff Lillico, Mark McGrinder, Kimwun Perehinec, and Maria Ricossa
Stage Managed by Robert Harding
Assistant Stage Managed by Laura Baxter
Original Set and Costume Designed by David Boechler
Costume Designed by Michelle Bailey
Set Designed by Jung-Hye Kim
Lighting Designed by Kimberly Purtell
Sound Designed by Lyon Smith
Props by Mary Spyrakis and Vanessa Janiszewski
Production Managed by Nathaniel Kennedy

Beyond the Stage events
The Three Cities Within Toronto

April 2–28, 2012

Company

Bruce Norris

Bruce Norris

Playwright

Bruce Norris is the author of Clybourne Park, which premiered in 2010 at Playwrights Horizons, New York and received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as the Olivier, Evening Standard, and Tony Awards for productions at Playwrights Horizons, West End and Broadway.  In 2018-2019, his play Downstate was seen at Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago and subsequently at the National Theatre, London.  Other plays include The Low Road, (Royal Court Theatre, Public Theatre), an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Donmar Warehouse) as well as The Qualms, A Parallelogram, The Unmentionables, The Pain and the Itch, and Purple Heart, all of which premiered at Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, where he is an ensemble member.  He lives in New York.


Joel Greenberg

Joel Greenberg

Director

For Studio 180: The Normal HeartOur ClassParadeThe OverwhelmingStuff HappensBlackbirdThe Arab-Israeli Cookbook, The Passion of the Chris & The Laramie Project. A co-founder of Studio 180, Joel is a Chalmers and Dora award–winning playwright and director who has directed productions across Canada. Elsewhere: Ain’t Misbevain‘, What the Butler Saw, Taking Sides, Vanities, Bells Are Ringing, Second City (Toronto and Chicago), Dames at Sea (too many times), Tonight at 8:00…8:30 in Newfoundland (all three editions), The Foreigner, Alice, Drink the Mercury and The Nuclear Power Play. Joel taught at Humber College Theatre School from 1984 to 1989 and the Drama Department at the University of Waterloo from 1991 to 2014, also serving as the Chair of each department.


Ray Strachan

Ray Strachan

Assistant Director

For Studio 180: debut. Recent directing credits include Oleanna and Caesar and Cleopatra (Nomadic Players), and Through my Father’s Eyes (Anansi School of Art). Ray has also served as Assistant/Apprentice Director on Bad DatesThe Drowsy Chaperone and Grumpy Old Men: The Musical (MTC). Ray has recently been seen on stage in Romeo and Juliet (MTC), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (MTC/Theatre Calgary), Remember the Night (Moving Target) and The Paper Bag Princess & More (Prairie Theatre Exchange).


Audrey Dwyer

Audrey Dwyer

Francine/Lena

For Studio 180: The Overwhelming
. Other credits include thirsty (NAC), The Penelopiad (Nightwood Theatre), The Tempest (Canadian Stage), Medea (Mirvish/MTC) and Black Medea (Obsidian Theatre). Film and TV credits include Da Kink in My HairThe Ron James ShowThe State WithinMan of the Year and Where the Truth Lies. Audrey has been a member of the Second City Touring Company, was the Associate Artistic Director of Nightwood Theatre (2008-2009), is a Dora-Nominated director for The Apology, was recently Assistant Director for Nightwood’s The Penelopiad (by Margaret Atwood), starred in the Dora Award–winning Patty’s Cake and is a graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada. She is also writing Calpurnia, her first full-length play, with the Obsidian Development series.


Michael Healey

Michael Healey

Russ/Dan

For Studio 180: Stuff Happens. Most recent acting credits: Proud (Proud Productions), Are You Okay (Peggy Baker Dance Projects/Necessary Angel), Radio Play (Peggy Baker Dance Projects), Them and Us (Theatre Passe Muraille), Frost/Nixon (Canadian Stage/Vancouver Playhouse), and The Pessimist and The Optimists (Tarragon Theatre). Other acting credits include The End of Civilization (Factory Theatre), Marie and Bruce (SummerWorks Festival), Ballad for a Rumrunner’s Daughter (Blyth Festival) and Kicked (Toronto Fringe). Since 1996, Michael has also had a career as a playwright.


Sterling Jarvis

Sterling Jarvis

Albert/Kevin

For Studio 180: The Overwhelming
. Selected credits include The Lion KingWe Will Rock YouRuined (2011 Dora Award Nomination), Caroline, or Change (2012 Dora Award for Best Actor in a Principle Role) and The Whipping Man (2013 Dora Award Nomination). Some of his television and film appearances include The West WingFelicityThe SentinelLife With BoysLost GirlsNikitaRookie BlueSuits and most recently Aaliyah: Princess of R&B. Sterling is a two-time Juno Award nominee and has sung anthems for the Blue Jays, the Raptors and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He can also be heard singing the themes for the popular kid’s shows ZaboomafooDonkey Kong Country and Wild Kratts. Sterling appeared on stage most recently in Driving Miss DaisyThe Wild Party and Helen Lawrence, which will be touring again to Europe and New York this fall.


Jeff Lillico

Jeff Lillico

Jim/Tom/Kenneth

For Studio 180: debut. Theatre credits include Michael Healey’s Proud (Proud Productions/Berkeley St. Theatre); Cruel & Tender (Canadian Stage); Romeo & Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); The Glass Menagerie (Dora Nomination), Our Town (Dora Nomination), The Time of Your LifeThe FantasticksParfumerie, Of the Fields LatelySalt-Water MoonLeaving HomeAntigoneA Month in the CountryAmerican BuffaloThe Real ThingKing Lear and others (Soulpepper); The Light in the Piazza (Dora Award, Acting Up Stage); Journey’s EndGypsyFloyd CollinsThree Men on a HorseThe Coronation Voyage, Happy End and others (Shaw Festival); All’s Well That Ends WellThe Taming of the ShrewHamlet (Stratford Festival); All ClearDown the Main Drag (Alberta Theatre Projects); Little Mercy’s First Murder (Tarragon Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Geva Theatre); and Somewhere in the World (Charlottetown Festival Young Company). TV: Flashpoint and Murdoch Mysteries.


Mark McGrinder

Mark McGrinder

Karl/Steve

For Studio 180: The Normal HeartOur ClassParadeStuff Happens., Offensive ShadowsThe Arab-Israeli CookbookThe Passion of the Chris The Laramie Project. For Studio 180: The Laramie Project, Stuff Happens, Our Class, Parade, Clybourne Park, You Will Remember Me and, most recently, The Nether. Mark is a member of Studio 180’s Core Artistic Team and co-ordinates the Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT program. He also adapted and directed Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish for the company and has assistant directed productions of Blackbird, God of Carnage and The Laramie Project 10th Anniversary reading. Mark was a member of the Shaw Festival’s acting ensemble for 5 seasons and performed in several reviews with The Second City’s National Touring Company. Film and television credits include; Spotlight, Remedy, Murdoch Mysteries and Mayday.


Perehinec

Kimwun Perehinec

Betsy/Lindsey

For Studio 180: Our ClassOffensive ShadowsThe Arab-Israeli CookbookThe Passion of the Chris The Laramie Project. Kimwun is a co-founder, artist educator and member of the Core Artistic Team for Studio 180. Other selected credits include Frankenstein’s BoyMadhouse VariationsSideshow of the Damned (Eldritch Theatre); Chasing Margaret Flatwood (Theatre Awakening); Like Wolves (GCTC); Wrecked (Roseneath Theatre); This Is About the Push (Seventh Stage); Mourning Dove (Ark Collective); Vanities (Theatre in Port); Spain (Absit Omen); Phae (Collective Architecture); High-Gravel-BlindShadowsWalk Right Up (Stratford Festival). Film and TV credits include recurring roles on the TMN series The Line and the web series B.J. Fletcher: Private Eye; and Puppets Who KillNikita and Thieves. Kimwun has been nominated for two Dora Mavor Moore Awards (Ensemble) and is a graduate of the actor training program at George Brown College.


Maria Ricossa

Maria Ricossa

Bev/Kathy

For Studio 180: The Arab-Iraeli Cookbook. For over 30 years Maria has worked in Film, Television, Radio and Theatre in both the US and Canada. As a member of the Stratford Festival for 5 Seasons she played leading roles in King Lear, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, Much Ado About Nothing, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure and Hamlet. Other theatre work includes roles at the Tarragon Theatre, Canadian Stage, Necessary Angel, Nightwood Theatre, The Storefront Theatre, The Manitoba Theatre Center, The Harold Green Jewish Theatre and Studio 180. Maria has been a series lead, guest star and recurring character on TV series including Ransom, The Strain, Flashpoint, The Good Witch and CTV’s Designated Survivor. Leading roles in feature films include The Inlaws, Some Things That Stay and The Space Between. Maria teaches Acting for Film and TV at Humber College and currently is an on-set Acting coach for the Netflix series Tiny Pretty Things. Maria is also a street photographer whose photographs have been featured in photo publications and in the Contact Photography Festival.


Robert Harding

Robert Harding

Stage Manager

For Studio 180: The Normal HeartOur ClassParadeStuff Happens & Blackbird. Credits elsewhere include Divisidero: A PerformanceThis Is What Happens Next (Necessary Angel); Side by Side by Sondheim (The Grand Theatre); “Master Harold”…and the boys (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Happy Days (Theatre Columbus); Another Home InvasionCommunionA Beautiful ViewHow It WorksPast Perfect (Tarragon Theatre); FestenMarion BridgeA Whistle in the Dark (Company Theatre); British Invasion!British Invasion 2: America Strikes Back! (Charlottetown Festival); Seussical (YPT); Carmela’s Table (Centaur Theatre); and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Resurgence Theatre).


Laura Baxter

Laura Baxter

Assistant Stage Manager

For Studio 180: debut. Other selected theatre credits: Black Boys, The 20th of November, Arigato Tokyo, Obaaberima, The Maids, The Silicone Diaries, Breakfast, (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre), Actually (Obsidian/ Harold Green), The Story, Tails From the City, Happy Days (Common Boots Theatre), Trout Stanley, Little Pretty and the Exceptional, Age of Arousal (Factory Theatre), Elle (Theatre Passe Muraille), I Call myself Princess (Cahoots/Paper Canoe/Native Earth), Sweat, Love and Information, Venus in Fur, 7 seasons of Shakespeare in High Park (CanadianStage), Soliciting Temptation, More Fine Girls (Tarragon Theatre), The Berlin Blues, Ipperwash (Blyth Festival), Speaking in Tongues, Festen (The Company Theatre), A Christmas Carol, The Story, Macbeth (Caravan Farm Theatre). Laura is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, 2005.  Thank you to my amazing wife Shawn for all your love and support.


David Boechler

David Boechler

Original Set and Costumer Designer

For Studio 180: debut. David has designed sets and costumes for most major Canadian theatres. Credits include set and costume designs for Red (Canadian Stage/Playhouse Theatre/Citadel Theatre), Julius Caesar (Stratford Festival), Side by Side by Sondheim (The Grand Theatre) and The Devil’s Disciple (Neptune). Set designs include The Wizard of Oz (Ross Petty Productions), La Traviata (Pacific Opera Victoria), Glorious! (Canadian Stage/Theatre Calgary and Belfry/Arts Club co-productions), The Red Priest (Tarragon Theatre) and Tiger of Malaya (NAC/Factory Theatre). Costume designs include CabaretMy One and OnlySouth Pacific (Stratford Festival); quondam (Royal Swedish Ballet); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Theatre Calgary); FireMuch Ado About NothingAs You Like ItTwelfth Night (Canadian Stage); Equus (Citadel Theatre); The Importance of Being Earnest (Soulpepper); and three seasons at ATP’s playRites Festival. Production designs: Cinderella (National Ballet of Canada/Boston Ballet/American Ballet Theatre), The Innocent Eye Test (Mirvish/MTC), Trying and Macbeth (Theatre Calgary), Rock and Roll (The Grand Theatre) and The Goat (Citadel Theatre). Eight seasons at the Shaw Festival: The Man Who Came to DinnerThe Old Ladies and Diana of Dobson’s. Awards: one Sterling Award, two Betty Mitchells and a Dora.


Michelle Bailey

Michelle Bailey

Costume Designer

For Studio 180: The Normal HeartOur Class & Parade. Michelle lives and works in Toronto as a professional costumer for theatre, primarily as Head of Wardrobe for Tarragon Theatre. Her Tarragon work includes MimiIf We Were BirdsForestsAfter Akhmatova and The Misanthrope. Select design credits include The Red Queen Effect (Dora Nomination, Seventh Stage Theatre) and King LearComedy of ErrorsTwelfth NightMacbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Driftwood Theatre).


Jung-Hye Kim

Jung-Hye Kim

Set Designer

For Studio 180: debut. Jung-Hye is a Toronto-based set and costume designer. Her other credits include The Great Mountain (Red Sky Performance/YPT), The Washing Machine (2012 Next Stage Festival), Pub Opera (Tapestry New Opera), After Akmatova (Tarragon Theatre), Montparnasse (Theatre Passe Muraille/Groundwater Theatre – Dora Nomination for outstanding costume design), The Middle Place (Canadian Stage/Project Humanity/ Belfry Theatre/GCTC), The Big League (YPT), The Great Mountain (Red Sky), Radiance (b current), Iphigenia at Aulis (Festival of Ideas and Creation at Canadian Stage), Sia (Pyretic Productions at 2010 Toronto Fringe), If We Were Birds (Tarragon/Groundwater Theatre), Ten Green Bottles (Te-Amim Theatre) and Offensive Fouls (Theatre Direct – Dora Nomination for outstanding TYA production). As a new young designer, she received an honourable mention for the Siminovitch Prize in 2006.


Kimberly Purtell

Kimberly Purtell

Lighting Designer

For Studio 180: The Normal HeartOur ClassParadeThe OverwhelmingStuff HappensBlackbird. Kimberly is a Toronto based lighting designer for theatre, opera and dance and is thrilled to be working with Studio 180 once again.  Her designs have been critically acclaimed across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Prague, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Moscow and Mongolia.  She has designed for the Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage Company, Soulpepper Theatre, Mirvish Productions, National Arts Centre and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Pacific Opera Victoria, Opera Philadelphia, Arena Stage in Washington DC, Tapestry Opera, Hamilton Opera, Edmonton Opera, Theatre Calgary, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Citadel Theatre, Place des Arts among many others.  She has also designed productions for the Pan Am Games and the Vancouver and Beijing Cultural Olympiads. Kimberly has been nominated for numerous awards and has received three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the Pauline McGibbon Award, a`Sterling Award, and a Montreal English Theatre Award.


Lyon Smith

Lyon Smith

Sound Designer

For Studio 180: debut. Select credits: Proud (Proud Productions); The Game of Love and ChanceFernando Krapp Wrote Me This Letter (Canadian Stage); Window on TorontoChristmas CarolDirt (Soulpepper); Third Eye Looming (Workman Arts); The Big LeagueBeyond the Cuckoo’s Nest (YPT); Night (Human Cargo/NAC); Saving Lonesome GeorgePeg and the Yeti (Carousel Players); and Agokwe (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre). Lyon has received multiple Dora nominations and one award for his sound work.


Mary Spyrakis

Props

Head of Props for the Canadian Stage Company.


Vanessa Janiszewski

Props

Nathaniel Kennedy

Nathaniel Kennedy

Production Manager

For Studio 180: The Normal HeartOur ClassParadeThe OverwhelmingStuff HappensBlackbird & Offensive Shadows. Nathaniel has worked in theatre production across Canada and internationally. Most recently he has worked with Tarragon Theatre, Necessary Angel and Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People. Nathaniel is currently a Special Events Supervisor for the City of Toronto.


Gallery

Kimwun Perehinec and Mark McGrinder in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
The cast of Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
Sterling Jarvis in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
The cast of Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
The cast of Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
The cast of Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
Mark McGrinder in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
Jeff Lilico in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
The cast of Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
Mark McGrinder, Sterling Jarvis and Audrey Dwyer in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
The cast of Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
The cast of Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
The cast of Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
The cast of Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
Maria Ricossa and Michael Healey in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
Michael Healey and Maria Ricossa in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
Maria Ricossa in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
Jeff Lilico in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
Jeff Lilico in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
The cast of Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
The cast of Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
Kimwun Perehinec in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
The cast of Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
Audrey Dwyer in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
Michael Healey in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
The cast of Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
The cast of Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
Maria Ricossa in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
Jeff Lilico in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
The cast of Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
Kimwun Perehinec, Michael Healey and Mark McGrinder in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
Sterling Jarvis in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
Kimwun Perehinec and Mark McGrinder in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
Audrey Dwyer in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.

Reviews

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!

The 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 and the Slotkin Letter

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 Charlesbois Post