Dorset Theatre Festival will present their fourth and final play of the 2013 summer season, Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris, as a co-production with Barrington Stage in Pittsfield, MA. The play will start its run at Dorset on August 15th, and run through the 31st before moving on to the Berkshires where it will run from September 26 to October 13, 2013.
Clybourne Park is the Tony award and Pulitzer Prize winning play which opened to great acclaim on Broadway last year, and was written in response to Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun. It portrays events which take place both before and after the events of the Hansberry play, as the residents of a Chicago neighborhood in transition are forced to confront their racial prejudices.
An important take on still-evolving conflicts,Clybourne Park is a provocative and wickedly funny play about race, real estate and American values. Act One takes place where the 1959 A Raisin in the Sun leaves off: with a white couple selling their home to a black family and causing uproar among their neighbors. Act Two takes place fifty years later with a black family selling the house to a white family who believe in urban gentrification – or do they? A not-to-be-missed play by one of America’s most original and scathingly honest voices.
Age Level: Ages 14 and up (Grade 9); Content Advisory: Contains some strong language and adult situations.
The production will be directed by DTF resident director Giovanna Sardelli, recently featured in the NYTimes article “Meet the Directors” about influential female directors. Sardelli is known to Dorset audiences for her productions of Good People, Deathtrap and Dial M for Murder. At Barrington Stage Sardelli has directed The North Pool and Lord of the Flies. The design team will include scenery by Narelle Sissons, costumes by Barbara A. Bell, lighting by Michael Giannitti and sound by Ryan Rumery.
The cast includes Carol Halstead, who performed on Broadway in Gore Vidal’s The Best Man; Clea Alsip, recently seen in The Killing of Sister George opposite Kathleen Turner at Long Wharf Theatre; Kevin Crouch who performed in His Girl Friday at Connecticut Reperatory Theatre; Lynette R. Freeman who recently played Ruth in A Raisin in the Sun at the Arkansas Reperatory Theatre; Andy Lucien, recently seen in The Last Seder at Theater Three; Greg Jackson who co-wrote, co-directed and co-starred in the off-Broadway hit Duet!; and Remi Sandri, who starred in the east coast premiere production of The North Pool at Barrington Stage.
“We at DTF are proud to bring the best of Broadway to this region each summer. This play in particular represents modern American playwriting at its finest–a play that is both this entertaining and thought-provoking is a truly special opportunity for the festival and the community,” says Artistic Director Dina Janis.
In Dorset, Clybourne Park runs August 15th through the 31st. Evening performances are Wednesday through Saturday (plus Tuesday, 8/27) at 8 pm. Matinees are Wednesdays and Sundays at 3 pm, with a special Saturday matinee on August 19 which is followed by a talk-back with the director and artistic director. For tickets call the box office at (802) 867-2223, or online at dorsettheatrefestival.org
In Pittsfield, Clybourne Park runs on the Boyd/Quinson Main Stage from September 26 to October 13 with performances on Thursdays at 7pm, Friday and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm. Additional performances: Saturday, October 5 at 2pm, Wednesday, October 9 at 7pm and Sunday, October 13 at 7pm. – See more at: barringtonstageco.org
- Clea Alsip (Betsey/Lindsey) was recently seen in The Show Off (dir. Nicholas Martin) at Westport Country Playhouse and The Killing of Sister George (starring opposite Kathleen Turner) at The Long Wharf Theater. Other credits include Lewis Black’s One Slight Hitch (George Street Playhouse, Williamstown), Brace Yourself (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Six Degrees of Separation (Williamstown), The Motherf***er with the Hat (TheaterWorks Hartford), L(y)re (Ars Nova), boom!, Orpheus Descending, and the world premiere of Tony Kushner’s Henry Box Brown (NYU Grad Acting). Film/TV: “Boardwalk Empire”, Hunter & Game, The Little Tin Man, Bumbloods, Crystal Sessions. BA from Stanford University, MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program.
- Kevin Crouch (Jim/Tom/Kenneth) has performed in His Girl Friday (Connecticut Repertory Theatre) Two Gentleman of Verona (Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival) The Seagull, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, A Christmas Carol, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, An Ideal Husband (Great Lakes Theatre Festival & Idaho Shakespeare Festival); Jester’s Dead: A Top Gun Shakesparody (The Outfit); Rabbit Hole, The Plough and the Stars, A Winter’s Tale, A Doll House, Smash, Moonchild, I Am A Camera, Richard II (NYU); Training: BFA: Theatre – Sam Houston State University. MFA: Acting NYU Graduate Acting Program. For my wife Erin. ILYAWBITW!
- Lynette R. Freeman (Francine/Lena) is thrilled to be working and collaborating with this dynamic company of artists. She received her M.F.A. in Acting from Brown University/ Trinity Rep MFA Program in 2009. Her previous roles include Kanika Weaver-Permanent Collection; Horatio-Hamlet; Ruth-A Raisin In The Sun, Dionyza- Pericles; Esther-Intimate Apparel; African Woman-Waking Up. She thanks friends, family, cast, & crew for their support, love, guidance, and encouragement every day. LEAP!
- Carol Halstead (Bev/Kathy) appeared on Broadway in Gore Vidal’s The Best Man. Off-Broadway: The Duchess of Malfi, Pericles (Red Bull), Walking Down Broadway (The Mint) Easter Candy (Cherry Lane), The Mask (Clurman), Alan Ball’s The Amazing Adventures of Tense Guy (Paradise Theatre). Recently: Carlotta-A Song At Twilight (Portland Stage Company), Jean-Good People (Old Globe), Barbara-August: Osage County (Fulton Theatre), Annette- God of Carnage (Hudson Stage), Lane-The Clean House (Syracuse Stage), Amanda-Private Lives (The Kitchen Theatre), Half ‘N Half ‘N Half (Merrimack Rep). Other work at The Shakespeare Theatre, Centerstage, Cleveland Play House, Portland Center Stage, Kansas City Rep, San Jose Rep (West Coast premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s Bad Dates, 2004 Dean Goodman Choice Award: Best Solo Performance), over 20 Denver Center Theatre productions. Carol is an ongoing Guest Artist & Yoga/Meditation teacher with The Chautauqua Theater Company. Television/film credits include “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, “Jonny Zero”, “As the World Turns”, “All My Children”, Towel Head, The Whipper Snapper.
- Greg Jackson (Karl/Steve) co-wrote, co-directed and co-starred in the off-Broadway hit Duet! with creative partner Erin Quinn Purcell. The duo received a Jonathan Larson grant for their underwater musical-fantasia A Fish Story, and the award for Most Outstanding Overall Production in the 2005 NYC International Fringe Festival for their biker-babe-boobfest Go-Go Kitty, Go! Also Off Broadway: The 39 Steps (New World Stages); Regional/Touring credits: Portland Center Stage, Geva, Pioneer, Cape Playhouse, Weston Playhouse, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Mile Square, Tennessee Rep, The Acting Company. NYU Grad Acting alum.
- Andy Lucien (Albert/Kevin) appeared Off Broadway in The Last Seder (Theater Three). Regional Theater: Cry Old Kingdom (Actor’s Theater of Louisville), 27 Ways I Didn’t Say Hi To Laurence Fishburne (Actor’s Theater of Louisville) Smash/Hit (Atlanta/D.C.) Race, Bombitty of Errors (Penn State Second Stage); International Theater: Revenge of A King (Grahamstown Theater Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa).
- Remi Sandri (Russ/Dan) is delighted to be making his debut with DTF, working on this great play with this amazing director in this beautiful part of the country. He has worked with theatres throughout the country including Geva Theatre Center, Arizona Theatre Co., ACT(San Francisco), Denver Center Theatre Co., Cleveland Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, TheatreWorks (Palo Alto), San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre Co, Cincinnatti Playhouse, among others, as well as six seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He has been a teacher and artist in residence with numerous institutions, including a 14 base U.S. military tour of Macbeth in conjunction with the NEA and DOD. Recent work includes Julius Caesar, God of Carnage, The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs and Abigail’s Party. “Blessed and grateful.”