Pulitzer Prize play comes to Sac

Playwright Bruce Norris
Playwright Bruce Norris

SACAMENTO — Capital Stage opens its 2013-14 season, The Home Front, with a Sacramento Premiere and the winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and 2012 Tony Award for Best Play. “Clybourne Park” is a bitingly funny and fiercely provocative new play about the volatile combination of race and real estate. This ferociously sharp play is inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s popular classic “A Raisin in the Sun.”

“Clybourne Park” runs through Oct. 6.

The play
“Clybourne Park” explodes in two outrageous acts set 50 years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day (2009), as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.

“Clybourne Park” contains strong language and is intended for mature audiences.

“Clybourne Park” had its world premiere Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizon in 2010. The play received its UK premiere at the Royal Court Theatre in London in August 2010. After a triumphant run at the Ahmanson Theatre Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, it arrived on Broadway in March 2012. This wickedly funny and fiercely provocative play about race, real estate, and the volatile values of each, won nearly every honor the theatre has to give, including the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, the 2010 Olivier Award, the 2010 Evening Standard Award, and the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The playwright
Bruce Norris is the author of “Clybourne Park,” which won the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards (London) for Best Play, 2010, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 2011. Other plays include “The Infidel” (2000), “Purple Heart” (2002), “We All Went Down to Amsterdam” (2003), “The Pain and the Itch” (2004), “The Unmentionables” (2006) and “A Parallelogram” (2010), all of which had their premieres at Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago. His newest play “Domesticated” will be produced by Lincoln Center Theatre in 2013. His work has been seen at Playwrights Horizons (New York), Woolly Mammoth Theatre (Washington D.C.), Philadelphia Theatre Company and Staatstheater Mainz (Germany), among others. He is also the 2009 recipient of the Steinberg Playwright Award.

The production
Michael Stevenson directs this Sacramento premiere with a cast that includes Shannon Mahoney, Stephanie Altholz, Aaron Wilton, Beethovan Oden, Jonathan Rhys Williams, as well as newcomers to Capital Stage Dan Fagan and Atim Udoffia.

Jonathan Williams designs the set, Ron Madonia is the production lighting designer,and Lalena Hutton is the production costume designer.

Performances for “Clybourne Park” continue for five weeks through Oct. 6. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. General tickets range from $20 to $38 with a fee of $3.50 applied per ticket. Discount tickets are available as follows: Student Rush Tickets are half-price; Senior Sunday Matinee Tickets are $30; and Group Rates are available for parties of 12 or more. Tickets are currently available at the Capital Stage Box Office, by phone at (916) 995-5464 or online at capstage.org.

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