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SEASON 2 | 2017–2018

WRITTEN BY Bruce Norris
DIRECTED BY Ron Jones

SEASON 6 | 2021–2022

JUNE 2 ‒ 11, 2022

MATCH | Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston

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RUNTIME: 2 hours (with one, 15-minute intermission)

An homage to Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play, A Raisin in the Sun, Clybourne Park examines the evolution of a Chicago neighborhood over a 50-year time span. Act One takes place in 1959, as white community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a Black family. Act Two is set in the same house in 2009, as the now predominantly African American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification. With the same cast appearing in both acts, Clybourne Park examines how people and places evolve over time and play different roles in society’s progress—or the hindrance thereof.

Originally staged Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in 2010, Clybourne Park is one of two plays to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and both the Olivier and Tony Awards for Best New Play.

The Story

The Reason

MALINDA L. BECKHAM, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

One read of Clybourne Park and I knew that it was a play that Dirt Dogs would want to tackle, and the sort of play that needed tackling. The dialogue in Clybourne Park is like a contact sport and its subject is like a boxing match. The play presents the house as territory that needs defending and the advantage repeatedly changes hands until the final bell sounds. Like a boxing ring, the play puts its fighters in four corners but the action really takes place in the center.  As each character battles to hold their ground, we in the audience are exposed to ideas and ideals that knock us off our feet.

Each act in this play gives us positions, perspectives, and questions to consider. The questions are not easily answered, leaving us all plenty of room to discuss, learn, and carry forward new ways of viewing the territory around us. As you take in this very entertaining play, you are also challenged to think and consider others: what we have in common and what makes us unique, and how each is vitally important to a diverse community. As Bev says toward the end of Act 1, “Maybe we should learn what the other person eats. Maybe that would be the solution to some of the — if someday we could all sit down together, at one big table, and, and, and...”

Enjoy this fascinating exploration of territorial humans that requires us to examine the space around us.

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“crisp performances... and one hell of a color-coordinated set and costume design”

Photos by Gary Griffin

The Reviews

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READ THE HOUSTON PRESS REVIEW

“...cleverly constructed and bathed in bitch slaps...”

The Promotion

MEET THE CAST

The Reaction

This is a fabulous show. You're gonna kick yourself if you miss it!!!

Treat yourself to see this show. You won't be disappointed.

...a VERY FUNNY play...really great acting/directing too!

Trevor B. Cone

Russ/Dan

Wesley Whitson

Niesha Dayshaun Bentley

Jim/Tom/Kenneth

Francine/Lena

The Clybourne Park Team

CAST

CREATIVE TEAM

Travis Ammons

Amanda Marie Parker

Kris Phelps

Blake Weir

Sound Design

Betsy/Lindsey

Lighting Design

Karl/Steve

Malinda L. Beckham

Malinda L. Beckham

Mark Lewis

Errol Anthony Wilks

Ron Jones

Costume Design

Bev/Kathy

Scenic Design

Assistant Director

Director

John Baker

Derrick Brent II

Production Manager

Albert/Kevin

Gary Griffin

Photographer

CREW

Barbara Alicea-Aponte

Production Stage Manager