Complete Casting Announced for Ferocious Satire on Race and Gentrification at the Guthrie

March 26, 2013

Press Release #1511                                                                                                        

 

For more information contact:                                                                                        

 

Seena Hodges 612.225.6142

seenah@guthrietheater.org

 

Quinton Skinner 612.225.6140                                                                                       

quintons@guthrietheater.org

 

                                                                                                                                               

COMPLETE CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR FEROCIOUS SATIRE ON RACE AND GENTRIFICATION, THE NATIONAL CONVERSATION STARTER

 

CLYBOURNE PARK

Pulitzer and Tony winner directed by Lisa Peterson, with powerhouse cast tackling multiple dual roles

 

“Indisputably, uproariously funny, and a quietly evocative meditation on the by-no-means-obsolete stereotypes that pervade millennial melting-pot America.”—Entertainment Weekly

 

Previews begin June 1; Opening June 7; Playing through August 4

on the McGuire Proscenium Stage at the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis

 

(Minneapolis/St. Paul) The Guthrie Theater today announced complete casting for its production of 2011 Pulitzer Prize and 2012 Tony Award winner Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris, the biting, powerhouse contemporary satire about race and gentrification during the past half century in America. Written in response to Lorraine Hansberry’s classic A Raisin in the Sun, Clybourne Park has sparked conversation and dialogue across America wherever it has played. Lisa Peterson (Guthrie: Major Barbara, Oedipus) returns to direct another great, biting American story at the Guthrie after last year’s lauded production of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

 

Norris’ ingenious dramatic structure takes place in two acts separated by fifty years, with actors playing different roles from Act One to Act Two. The cast for Clybourne Park includes Ansa Akyea (Guthrie: The Burial at Thebes, The Winter’s Tale) as Albert/Kevin, Shá Cage as Francine/Lena, Emily Gunyou Halaas (Guthrie: Much Ado About Nothing, The Master Butchers Singing Club) as Betsy/Lindsey, Peter Christian Hansen (Guthrie: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Dollhouse) as Jim/Tom, Steven Lee Johnson (Twin Cities: Park Square Theatre, Theater Latté Da) as Kenneth, Jim Lichtscheidl (Guthrie: Arms and the Man, The 39 Steps) as Karl/Steve, Bill McCallum (Guthrie: Tales from Hollywood, Time Stands Still) as Russ/Dan and Kathryn Meisle (Guthrie: The Real Thing, Three Sisters; Broadway: Tartuffe, A Touch of the Poet) as Bev/Kathy.

 

The artistic team includes Rachel Hauck (Set Designer), David Zinn (Costume Designer), Mark Barton (Lighting Designer), Reid Resja (Sound Designer), Carla Steen (Dramaturg), Karen Wagner (Stage Manager), Michele Harms (Assistant Stage Manager) and Jennie Ward (Assistant Director).

 

Clybourne Park begins preview performances on June 1, opens June 7 and continues through August 4, 2013 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage at the Guthrie Theater. Single tickets start at $29 and are now on sale through the Guthrie Box Office at 612.377.2224, toll-free 877.44.STAGE, 612.225.6244 (Group Sales) and online at www.guthrietheater.org.

 

The GUTHRIE THEATER (Joe Dowling, Director) was founded by Sir Tyrone Guthrie in 1963 and is an American center for theater performance, production, education and professional training. The Tony Award-winning Guthrie Theater is dedicated to producing the great works of dramatic literature, developing the work of contemporary playwrights and cultivating the next generation of theater artists. With annual attendance of nearly 500,000 people, the Guthrie Theater presents a mix of classic plays and contemporary work on its three stages. Under the artistic leadership of Joe Dowling since 1995, the Guthrie continues to set a national standard for excellence in theatrical production and performance. In 2006, the Guthrie opened its new home on the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the Guthrie Theater houses three state-of-the-art stages, production facilities, classrooms and dramatic public lobbies. www.guthrietheater.org


 

FACT SHEET

Clybourne Park
by Bruce Norris
directed by Lisa Peterson

 

A biting, powerful contemporary satire about race and gentrification during the past half century in America, Clybourne Park is in part written in response to Lorraine Hansberry’s classic A Raisin in the Sun. The story of the fortunes of a single home over the course of changing economics and demographics over 50 years, Clybourne Park has sparked conversation and dialogue across America wherever it has played.

 

Company:                           Ansa Akyea (Albert/Kevin), Shá Cage (Francine/Lena), Emily Gunyou Halaas (Betsy/Lindsey), Peter Christian Hansen (Jim/Tom), Steven Lee Johnson (Kenneth), Jim Lichtscheidl (Karl/Steve), Bill McCallum (Russ/Dan), Kathryn Meisle (Bev/Kathy).

 

Creative Team:                   Lisa Peterson (Director), Rachel Hauck (Set Designer), David Zinn (Costume Designer), Mark Barton (Lighting Designer), Reid Resja (Sound Designer), Carla Steen (Dramaturg), Karen Wagner (Stage Manager), Michele Harms (Assistant Stage Manager)  and Jennie Ward (Assistant Director).

 

Performance Dates:            June 1, 2013 – August 4, 2013

 

Opening Night:                   Friday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m.

 

Performance Times:           Tuesday through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

                                            Sundays at 7 p.m.

                                            Matinees on selected Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m.

                                            visit www.guthrietheater.org for the complete performance schedule

 

Location:                             Guthrie Theater – Wurtele Thrust Stage

                                             818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415

 

Pricing:                                Single tickets priced $29- $71

                                             (Discounts for children, students and seniors available)

 

Tickets:                               Tickets may be purchased online at www.guthrietheater.org

                                            Guthrie Box Office: 612.377.2224 or 877.44.STAGE

                                            Box Office hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on non-performance    days)

                                            Group Sales: 612.225.6244 or 877.225.6211

 

RELATED EVENTS

All events will be held at the Guthrie Theater (818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis) unless otherwise noted

 

POST-PLAY DISCUSSIONS
Sunday, June 9 (following the matinee performance)
Tuesday, June 11 (following the evening performance)
Saturday, June 16 (following the matinee performance)
Sunday, July 6 (following the matinee performance)
Saturday, July 13 (following the matinee performance)

ACCESS PERFORMANCES

Learn more online at http://www.guthrietheater.org/accessibility

 

OPEN CAPTIONED

captioned by c2 inc.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 1 p.m.
Friday, July 19, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

 

ASL INTERPRETATION

Interpreted by TBD

Friday, July 12, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

AUDIO DESCRIBED

Described by TBD

Friday, June 28, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 1 p.m. with sensory tour at 10:30 a.m.

 

If you have specific program questions or need an accommodation, please contact the Accessibility Office by phone at 612.225.6390 (voice) or 612.225.6391 (TTY) or email at accessibility@guthrietheater.org.

 

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