Clybourne Park

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Double Duty

Marvelyn McFarlane: Double Duty By playwright Bruce Norris’ design, actress Marvelyn McFarlane plays two very different roles in each of the two acts that comprise Clybourne Park. In the first act, set in 1959, Marvelyn plays Francine, a domestic servant to a white family who is selling their home, against their neighbors’ wishes, to an […]

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Important Stories

Michael Kaye: Important Stories You might recognize the name “Karl Lindner,” either from memories of great American literature or recent Boston theatre. He is the one character shared by Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play A Raisin in the Sun and Bruce Norris’ Tony-winning Clybourne Park, now in its final week at SpeakEasy Stage. Actor Michael Kaye […]

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Behind the Scenes of Clybourne Park

Behind the Scenes of Clybourne Park Scenic Designer Cristina Todesco had a unique challenge withClybourne Park. To show one house, in two acts, separated by fifty years. Act 1 of playwright Bruce Norris’ script takes place in 1959, in the house purchased by the Younger family from Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play A Raisin in the […]

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Up & Coming: Arshan Gailus

Up & Coming: Arshan Gailus You may not know it, but you’ve probably heard Arshan Gailus’ work in Boston theatres. Sound Design can be an incredibly subtle (and incredibly important) element of an audience’s experience. In his work for SpeakEasy Stage, Company One, Lyric Stage, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, and throughout the Boston area, Arshan has […]

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Race and the City: Chicago

Race and the City: Chicago This is an excerpt of an article that first appeared in 2011 inWords on Plays, the performance guide series of San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.). Dan Rubin is the editor of Words on Plays and A.C.T.’s publications manager. Issues of gentrification are inextricably linked to issues of race. Mid-20th-century […]

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Who’s Your Neighbor Now?

Who’s Your Neighbor Now?: Race, Real Estate, and Revisiting A Raisin in the Sun By Adrienne Macki Braconi, Assistant Professor, Dramatic Arts Department, Faculty Affiliate, Institute for African American Studies, University of Connecticut In February 2009, CBS news reported that a booth at the GOP’s Republican Convention in Dallas, Texas sold controversial black and white […]

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All Part of the Plan

All Part of the Plan Some playwrights avoid outlines at all costs. They may begin to write with a sketch of a plotline in mind, or a vague idea of the themes and conflicts they want to address, but where the play ultimately takes them is as much up to their characters as it is […]

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Bruce Norris

A Conversation with Bruce Norris For his work on Clybourne Park, playwright Bruce Norris was lauded with almost every honor the theater community has to bestow, including theTony Award for Best Play, the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards (London) for Best Play, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. A graduate of Northwestern University, Mr. Norris […]

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