Clybourne Park

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By Bruce Norris
Directed by Joel Greenberg

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

February 12 – March 3, 2013

Panasonic Theatre

THE PULITZER PRIZE–WINNING BATTLE OVER RACE AND REAL ESTATE

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.

We were proud to bring our successful 2012 production back to Toronto as Mirvish Productions launched an exciting new subscription series. 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. In June 2012, playwright Bruce Norris was awarded the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play.

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Written by Bruce Norris
Directed by Joel Greenberg
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 Liz Campbell
Costumes Designed by Michelle Bailey
Set Design Coordinated by Michael Gianfrancesco
Sound Co-Designed by Michael Laird and Lyon Smith
Lighting Designed by Kimberly Purtell
Technical Directed by Adrien Whan

A powerful work whose memorable characters speak in witty and perceptive ways to America’s sometimes toxic struggle with race and class consciousness.

The Washington Post

Company

Bruce Norris

Bruce Norris

Playwright

For Studio 180: debut. 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 Heart, Clybourne Park (2012), Our ClassParade, The OverwhelmingStuff Happens, BlackbirdThe 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.


Audrey Dwyer

Audrey Dwyer

Francine/Lena

For Studio 180: Clybourne Park (2012) & 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: Clybourne Park (2012) & 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: Clybourne Park (2012) & 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: Clybourne Park (2012). 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 Heart, Clybourne Park (2012), Our 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: Clybourne Park (2012), 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: Clybourne Park (2012) & 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 HeartClybourne Park (2012), Our 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).


Liz Campbell

Liz Campbell

Assistant Stage Manager

For Studio 180: Our ClassParadeThe Overwhelming & Stuff Happens. Other credits include Wife Begins at FortyHotbed HotelNot Now DarlingThe Sensuous SenatorThe Odd Couple and The Long Weekend (Upper Canada Playhouse). As Apprentice Stage Manager, The 39 Steps (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Another Home InvasionThe Black RiderAlias Godot (Tarragon Theatre); Cash on DeliveryWrong for Each OtherPerfect WeddingOut of OrderThe Affections of MayWally’s CaféA Gift to Last (Upper Canada Playhouse); Suessical (SilverMist Productions); and Mambo Italiano (Bellweather Productions at The Sudbury Theatre Centre). As Company Manager, High School Musical 2 (SilverMist Productions at The Niagara Centre for the Arts).


Michelle Bailey

Michelle Bailey

Costume Designer

For Studio 180: The Normal Heart, Clybourne Park (2012), Our 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).


Michael Gianfrancesco

Michael Gianfrancesco

Set Design Coordinator

For Studio 180: Set & Costumes: Parade, Stuff Happens & Blackbird. Set: The Overwhelming, The Arab-Israeli Cookbook & The Laramie Project. Michael’s set & costume design credits for theatre, opera and dance include A Few Good Men (Citadel/MTC); Trouble in TahitiIn Good King Charles’s Golden Days (costumes), One Touch of Venus (costumes) (Shaw Festival); Caroline or Change (set, Acting Up Stage/Obsidian); Jack and the Giant BeanstalkThe Wizard of OzSeussical (set) (YPT); Romeo and JulietThe 39 StepsWhite Christmas (set), Fiddler on the Roof (costumes) (MTC); The Drowsy Chaperone (set, MTC/Theatre Calgary); Rodin/ClaudelKaleidoscope (set) (Les Grands Ballets Canadiens); SvadbaBeauty Dissolves in a Brief HourThe Midnight Court – presented at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House at Covent Garden (Queen of Puddings Music Theatre); In Colour (National Ballet of Canada); A View from the Bridge (set, Segal Theatre); Rock ‘n’ RollIt’s a Wonderful LifeLittle Shop of Horrors (set) (Canadian Stage). Michael has spent nine seasons at the Stratford Festival and most recently designed the scenery for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He was the 2008 recipient of the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design from the Ontario Arts Foundation, and received the Brian Jackson Award from the Stratford Festival.


Michael Laird

Michael Laird

Sound Co-Designer

For Studio 180: Our ClassThe OverwhelmingStuff Happens, Blackbird Offensive Shadows. Selected Sound Design credits: AnnieCinderellaA Year with Frog and ToadThe Princess and the HandmaidenYou’re a Good Man, Charlie BrownThe Wizard of Oz (YPT); Seussical (YPT/Citadel Theatre); Spamalot!Sound of MusicLittle Women (Citadel Theatre); Great ExpectationsBarber of Seville (Soulpepper); 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Legally Blonde (Neptune Theatre); Speaking in TonguesThrough the LeavesFestenMarion Bridge (Company Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Canadian Stage); A Synonym for Love (Volcano Theatre); Evil Dead: The Musical (Off B’way); and A Beautiful View (da da kamera).


Lyon Smith

Lyon Smith

Sound Co-Designer & Original Sound Design

For Studio 180: Clybourne Park (2012). 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.


Kimberly Purtell

Kimberly Purtell

Lighting Designer

For Studio 180: The Normal Heart, Clybourne Park, Our 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.


Adrien Whan

Adrien Whan

Technical Director

For Studio 180: The Normal Heart. Adrien has been working professionally as a technical artist for the past 20 years. He is currently the Technical Director for Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Other selected credits include Site Production Manager for Ontario Place Corporation; Assistant Technical Director for YPT; Sound and Video Operator for touring productions of Our Brief Eternity and Circa (The Holy Body Tattoo); Lighting Designer for Under the Mink and Who’s Your Dada (The Scandelles), Real Live Girl and The Beauty Salon (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre), and The First LP and Shifting Edges (Alias Dance); Stage Manager for Fluency by Peter Chin (Tribal Crackling Wind); and Production Manager for Once on this Island (Acting Up Stage Company).


Gallery

The full company. Act 1. From left: Jeff Lillico, Michael Healey, Maria Ricossa, Kimwun Perehinec, Mark McGrinder, Sterling Jarvis and Audrey Dwyer in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
Maria Ricossa, Mark McGrinder, Audrey Dwyer and Sterling Jarvis in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
Jeff Lillico and Michael Healey in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
Michael Healey, Kimwun Perehinec, Maria Ricossa, Mark McGrinder, Sterling Jarvis and Audrey Dwyer in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
Jeff Lillico, Michael Healey and Maria Ricossa in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
Maria Ricossa, Kimwun Perehinec and Mark McGrinder in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
Jeff Lillico, Kimwun Perehinec, Mark McGrinder, Maria Ricossa, Michael Healey, Audrey Dwyer and Sterling Jarvis in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
Michael Healey in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
Maria Ricossa and Michael Healey in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
Act 2. Kimwun Perehinec and Mark McGrinder in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
From left: Sterling Jarvis, Audrey Dwyer, Kimwun Perehinec and Mark McGrinder in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
Jeff Lillico, Sterling Jarvis, Audrey Dwyer, Kimwun Perehinec, Mark McGrinder and Maria Ricossa in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
Sterling Jarvis, Audrey Dwyer, Kimwun Perehinec and Mark McGrinder in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
Sterling Jarvis in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
Mark McGrinder in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.
Sterling Jarvis and Audrey Dwyer in Clybourne Park. Photo by Karri North.

Video

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!

Lynn Slotkin – CIUT FM

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