CLYBOURNE PARK Makes it to The Stagecrafters

by Patricia Bradford

CLYBOURNE PARK, a bracing examination of contemporary social tensions, will open at The Stagecrafters on Friday, November 25, 2016. Race, class, and real estate are the targets of this satirical comedy inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s ground-breaking “A Raisin in the Sun”. In 1959 an all-white community tries unsuccessfully to head off the sale of a house to an African-American family … what happens when, fifty years later, the same house, now in the neighborhood turned largely black, is being sold to a white family …?! This clever, darkly funny, and insightful play has enjoyed critical and commercial success on both sides of the Atlantic, winning the theatrical ‘triple crown’: the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Olivier Award for ‘Best New Play’ (London, 2011), and the Tony Award for Best Play (New York, 2012). Critics’ commentary has encompassed a wide range of acclaim: “… Vital, sharp-witted, and ferociously smart.” (The New York Times); “… A savagely funny and insightful time bomb.” (Entertainment Weekly); “… a wonderful play, very funny but also deeply moving, providing full exercise for both mind and heart.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).

Bruce Norris (b. 1960), actor and author of some dozen plays, is associated with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, which has produced the seven most recent of his plays, including CLYBOURNE PARK. It premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in February, 2010, and opened on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre in April, 2012. The play was also produced in London in August, 2010, at the Royal Court Theatre. A slew of productions at regional theaters around the U.S. followed in short order, including a three-month run in 2012 at the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia. Indeed, CLYBOURNE PARK currently heads the list of most produced works in the past half-decade nationwide!

Production performance dates are November 25 thru December 11: Thurs, Fri, Sat @ 8 pm, Sun @ 2 pm. Tickets are available at $21.00 Online (no service charge), $25.00 At-door. (Thu. & Fri. eve performances 2-for-$32 Online, 2-for-$35 At-door). Students with valid ID $15.00 At-door. Groups of 15 or more are offered a reduced rate of $15.00 a ticket, paid in advance. The box office opens 45 minutes before each performance. For information call 215-247-8881; for reservations-direct call 215-247-9913. The theater is located in the heart of Chestnut Hill at 8130 Germantown Ave. Visit website for details:

Special NOTE: A “Meet the Cast and Director” Q & A session will be held following the performance on Friday, Dec. 2.

Theater/Organization The Stagecrafters
Theater/Organization Website:

Theater/Organization Address: 8130 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19118 (Map It)
Theater/Organization Phone: (215) 247-8881

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