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Arden Theatre Company presents Clybourne Park
By Bruce Norris, Directed by Edward Sobel, On the Arcadia Stage, January 26 – March 18, 2012
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December 15, 2011

(Philadelphia, PA) Arden Theatre Company 2011/12 main stage season continues with Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris, the winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Directed by Edward Sobel, Clybourne Park will appear on the Arden’s Arcadia Stage from January 26-March 18, 2012.

Clybourne Park tells the story of a house, a neighborhood and the people who have come and gone over five decades. This daring comedy, leasing characters and property from the 1959 classic A Raisin in the Sun, unearths that gentrification is not just black and white. The first act creates a parallel story to the Younger family from Lorraine Hansberry’s play, while act two imagines what later happens to their new home. With biting comedy, the play challenges the preconceptions of characters from diverse backgrounds.

Clybourne Park premiered in 2010 at Playwrights Horizons in New York City and has since received productions at the Royal Court in London and at major regional theatres throughout the U.S. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Clybourne Park was awarded the Olivier Award and Critics Circle Theatre Awards for Best New Play. A Broadway production with the original cast is slated for Spring 2012.

“I’m proud to introduce Bruce’s work to Arden audiences and to participate in the conversations this hilarious play provokes,” says Edward Sobel, the Arden’s Associate Artistic Director. “Clybourne Park, though set in Chicago, reflects all cities and communities today struggling with change. The play skewers what happens when we are blind to the reality of how territorial we actually are.” With this production, Sobel will expand on his 10 year relationship with playwright Bruce Norris, which began when Sobel served as dramaturg on Norris’ Purple Heart. Sobel continued to work on Norris’ productions of The Pain and the Itch and The Unmentionables, all at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. Sobel directed the acclaimed production of Tracy Letts’ Superior Donuts at the Arden in Spring 2011.

Each actor plays multiple roles in the production, making complete reversals between the two acts. Returning to the Arden for Clybourne Park are Ian Merrill Peakes (Barrymore Award for Something Intangible), David Ingram (The Pavilion, Coyote on a Fence), Steve Pacek (Barrymore nominee for If You Give a Mouse a Cookie), and Maggie Lakis (Sunday in the Park with George). Making their Arden debuts are Julia Gibson (The Exonerated and Stanley on Broadway), Erika Rose (Ruined at Philadlphia Theatre Company, Helen Hayes Award Winner for In Darfur), and Josh Tower (Ragtime and The Lion King on Broadway).

The creative team tasked with creating the sought-after home are set designer James Kronzer (Sunday in the Park with George, Barrymore Award for Something Intangible), costume designer Rosemarie E. McKelvey (Barrymore Award winner for both Something Intangible and Caroline, or Change), lighting designer Joshua Schulman, and sound designer Jorge Cousineau (multi Barrymore Award winner and nominee for The History Boys, Something Intangible, and Opus)

The final dress rehearsal of Clybourne Park on Wednesday, January 25 at 8pm is open to the public as a Pay-What-You-Can performance, with all proceeds collected donated to East Mount Airy Neighbors and West Mount Airy Neighbors.

Clybourne Park previews begin on Thursday, January 26. Preview performances run January 26, 27, 28, 29 and 31. Opening night is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 1, 2012. Closing is set for Sunday, March 18, 2012.

Single ticket prices are $29- $45, with discounts available for seniors, students, military and educators. Groups of 10+ enjoy significant discounts; please inquire about group rates. Call the Arden Box Office at 215.922.1122, order online at www.ardentheatre.org, or visit the box office at 40 N. 2nd Street in Old City, Philadelphia.

The Arden is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices and large-print programs at every performance. Open Captioned and Audio Described performances will take place on Friday, March 2 at 8pm and Saturday, March 3 at 2pm. Reservations are required for accessible seating and may be made by calling the Arden’s Box Office at 215.922.1122.

WHAT:
Clybourne Park

By Bruce Norris
Directed by Edward Sobel

SUMMARY:
Clybourne Park tells the story of a house, a neighborhood and the people who have come and gone over five decades. This daring comedy, leasing characters and property from the 1959 classic A Raisin in the Sun, unearths that gentrification is not just black and white.

WHERE:
Arden Theatre Company
Arcadia Stage
40 N. 2nd Street, Old City Philadelphia 19106

WHEN:
January 26 – March 18, 2012
Preview performances: January 26-31, 2012
Opening night: 7pm Wednesday, February 1, 2012

TICKETS:
$29-$48 for adults depending on the performance chosen
Group discounts available for 10+
Student Rush tickets at the door only five minutes before curtain for $5 cash, pending availability (must present valid student ID)
Call the Box Office at 215.922.1122 or visit www.ardentheatre.org

CAST:
Julia Gibson (Resident of New York, NY) - Bev/Kathy
David Ingram (Resident of Ardmore, PA) - Russ/Dan
Maggie Lakis (Resident of Philadelphia, PA) - Betsy/Lindsay
Steve Pacek (Resident of Philadelphia, PA) - Jim/Tom/Kenneth
Ian Merrill Peakes (Resident of Merchantville, NJ) - Karl/Steve
Josh Tower (Resident of New York, NY) - Albert/Kevin
Erika Rose (Resident of Queens, NY) - Francine/Lena

ARTISTIC STAFF:
Edward Sobel - Director
James Kronzer - Set Designer
Rosemarie E. McKelvey - Costume Designer
Joshua Schulman - Lighting Designer
Jorge Cousineau - Sound Designer
Katharine M. Hanley - Stage Manager

OPENING NIGHT SPONSORS:
Harmelin Media, Hatboro Beverages, 12th Street Catering


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Reviewing members of the press are invited to all opening nights and may reserve tickets through Leigh Goldenberg at lgoldenberg@ardentheatre.org.

Arden Theatre Company is located at 40 North 2nd Street in the heart of Old City, Philadelphia.

The Arden’s 2011/12 season includes:
  • August: Osage County by Tracy Letts – September 29-October 30, 2011
  • The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez – October 27-December 18, 2011
  • Charlotte’s Web Adapted from the book by E.B. White by Joseph Robinette – November 30, 2011-January 29, 2012
  • Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris – January 26-March 18, 2012
  • Cyrano by Edmond Rostand, Translated by Michael Hollinger, Adapted by Michael Hollinger and Aaron Posner - March 8-April 15, 2012
  • Robin Hood by Greg Banks – April 25-June 17, 2012
  • Tulipomania a new musical by Michael Ogborn – May 24-July 1, 2012

Subscriptions for the 2011/12 season are now available. Subscribers enjoy significant savings on tickets, the best choice of seats and a liberal ticket exchange policy. Call the Arden Box Office at 215.922.1122, order online at www.ardentheatre.org, or visit the box office.

Founded in 1988, Arden Theatre Company is dedicated to bringing to life great stories by great storytellers on stage, in the classroom, and in the community. We stage five productions each season as part of our mainstage series and two productions through Arden Children’s Theatre, the city’s first resident professional children’s theatre program. We create and produce new work through our new-work development program, the Independence Foundation New Play Showcase. The Arden Professional Apprentice program trains future theatre leaders, and our theatre classes through Arden Drama School teach children and teens about the craft of making plays. Our access program, Arden for All, makes our work available to the entire community through subsidized tickets and books for economically disadvantaged young people. We also offer sign language-interpreted, captioned and audio described performances and Pay-What-You-Can final dress rehearsals that benefit other nonprofits.

The Arden has received seven Philadelphia Magazine “Best of Philly” Awards, the Arts and Business Council’s Arts Excellence Award, five City Paper “Reader’s Choice” Awards, four Philadelphia Inquirer “Theatre Company of the Year” citations, 53 awards and 272 nominations from the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia’s Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, and was named “Best Theatre Company” by Philadelphia Weekly in 2009.
©2011 Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106. For tickets, call 215.922.1122.
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