Steel River Opens ‘Clybourne Park’ Play Feb. 3

 Allison Fisher playing Bev,  Tia Chanel playing Francine, and Marc Schule playing Russ in the local production of “Clybourne Park”

POTTSTOWN PA – “Clybourne Park,” a play by Bruce Norris and directed by Rebecca May Flowers, opens Feb. 3 (2017; Friday) at Steel River Playhouse and runs through Feb. 19 (Sunday), with a total of 11 performances including four matinées. Critics say the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning drama “is a wickedly funny and fiercely provocative play that deals with race, real estate, and the volatile values of each.”

Act One opens in 1959, as a white couple sells their home to a black family (the Younger family in “A Raisin In The Sun”), causing uproar in their middle-class neighborhood. Act Two finds the same house, in 2009, changing hands again. And while the stakes have changed over the years, the debate remains strikingly similar. Neighbors wage a hilarious and horrifying pitched battle over territory and legacy that reveals just how far our ideas about race and gentrification have, or haven’t, evolved.

Tickets for Clybourne Park are $22 for an adult, $19 for seniors age 65 and older, and $15 for students. Tickets can be ordered online at www.steelriver.org. The show is scheduled to run:

  • Fri Feb 3 2017 8 p.m.,
  • Sat Feb 4 2017 8 p.m.,
  • Sun Feb 5 2017 2 p.m.,
  • Fri Feb 10 2017 8 p.m.,
  • Sat Feb 11 2017 2 p.m.,
  • Sat Feb 11 2017 8 p.m.,
  • Sun Feb 12 2017 2 p.m.,
  • Thur Feb 16 2017 8 p.m.,
  • Fri Feb 17 2017 8 p.m.,
  • Sat Feb 18 2017 8 p.m., and
  • Sun Feb 19 2017 2 p.m.

Clybourne Park won the 2011 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play, along with the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, among other honors. Clybourne Park involves strong language and mature themes, and not suitable for young audiences.

The cast includes Russ/Dan (played by Marc Schule), Bev/Kathy (Allison Fisher), Francine/Lena (Tia Chanel), Jim/Tom (Christopher Waters), Albert/Kevin (Jerry McGrier), Karl/Steve (Joe Donley), and Betsy/Lindsey (Lauren Salvo).

Photo by John Daggett from Steel River Playhouse

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