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Premiere Stages is proud to present the New Jersey Premiere of Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris from July 11th through July 29th in the Zella Fry Theatre at Kean University. Directed by Wes Grantom, this Tony Award-winning play is an exceptionally witty and deliciously dry satire that explores the reactions of Clybourne Park’s 1950s all-white community when a couple unknowingly sells their house to a black family. The tables of gentrification turn when – fifty years later – the now all-black community greets the news of an impending sale to a white family with the same level of apprehension.
Lorraine Hansberry’s masterpiece A Raisin in the Sun served as the inspiration for Clybourne Park and Premiere Stages will offer a free screening of the film to all ticket buyers as a preview to the production. The screening will take place on Saturday, July 6th at 3 pm in the STEM Building Auditorium. For information or to reserve tickets for the screening, please call 908-737-4092.
Playwright Bruce Norris is a graduate of Northwestern University, and has long been associated with the renowned Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago, where a number of his plays have received their World Premieres. He is a recipient of the Steinberg Playwright Award, and has been awarded the Olivier Award for Best New Play, the Tony Award for Best Play, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Premiere’s production will be helmed by director Wes Grantom, a co-founder of Slant Theatre Project in New York, for whom he recently directed The Steadfast at the Barrow Group Theatre. Grantom’s extensive associate directing credits include the current musical adaptation of Little Miss Sunshine by James Lapine and William Finn, as well as the Broadway revivals of Waiting for Godot and Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Roundabout Theatre Company).
Clybourne Park will feature Frank Deal as Russ/Dan and Kate Goehring as Bev/Kathy. Deal recently appeared on Broadway in August: Osage County; Goehring originated the role of Harper Pitt in the National Tour of Angels in America. Premiere’s cast also features Tim McGeever (Karl/Steve), who recently appeared in Pittsburgh Public Theater’s production of Clybourne Park; Danielle Slavick (Betsy/Lindsey), seen in Adam Rapp’s Through the Yellow Hour at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater; Samuel Stricklen (Albert/Kevin), whose distinguished regional credits include the Old Globe; Brett Robinson (Francine/Lena), who appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Actors Theatre of Louisville; and Dustin Fontaine (Jim/Tom/Kenneth), who played Rodrigo in Lulu at New York’s Riverside Theatre.
Premiere Stages will partner with The American Conference on Diversity for the production. Founded in 1948, the Conference is one of the leading human relations organizations in New Jersey. The organization’s goal is to create a positive, inclusive society by educating and empowering our next generation of leaders; enhancing New Jersey workplaces; and helping to create inclusive communities. Renee Ayers, Director of Professional Development at The American Conference on Diversity, will join Resident Dramaturg Clare Drobot in creating a customized talk-back program following the Sunday matinees on July 14th and July 21st. The talk-backs will focus on issues of both racism and gentrification. Admission to both post-show talk-backs is included with the purchase of a ticket to either Sunday performance. For more information on The American Conference on Diversity, please visit their website at http://americanconferenceondiversity.org.
Clybourne Park runs Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 3:00 and 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $30 standard, $20 senior citizen, and $15 student. Significant discounts for groups of 10 or more apply. To make reservations or to order a season brochure, please call the Kean Stage Box Office at 908-737-SHOW (7469) or visit Premiere online at www.kean.edu/premierestages.
Premiere Stages will host a special Opening Night party on July 12th. The event will feature a pre-show party with wine and hors d’ oeuvres at the new four-star gourmet restaurant Ursino, a ticket to the play and a post-show champagne toast and dessert reception with the cast, ALL of which is included for the low price of only $55.00! Tickets can be purchased by calling 908-737-4092.
All performances take place on the Kean University campus, located at 1000 Morris Avenue, in the Zella Fry Theatre of the Vaughn Eames Fine Arts Building.
Premiere Stages offers air-conditioned facilities and free parking close to the fully accessible spaces. Free or discounted tickets for patrons with disabilities are available. Please call for a list of sign-interpreted, audio-described, or open-captioned performances. Assistive listening devices and large print programs are available upon request. Publications in alternate forms are available with advanced notice.
Premiere Stages is made possible in part through funding from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Shubert Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The New Jersey Historical Commission, The Provident Bank Foundation, The Hudson City Savings Bank Foundation, The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, The New Jersey Theatre Alliance and through the generous support of individual patrons. Discover Jersey Arts is our marketing partner. Visit www.JerseyArts.com for more information about other arts programming happening around the Garden State.
To order tickets, join the mailing list, and/or to request a season brochure, please call the Kean Stage Box Office at 908-737-SHOW (7469). Brochures and further information can also be downloaded from the Premiere Stages website: www.kean.edu/premierestages.
For group sales, please call 908-737-4077.
For further information about this production, please call producing artistic director John Wooten at 908-737-4360.
For information about this and all arts events at Kean University, visit http://www.keanxchange.com/.