‘Clybourne Park’ coming to Fugard

2016-08-09 06:00
The cast of Clybourne Park are (from centre outwards) Susan Danford, Andrew Buckland, Scott Sparrow, Claire-Louise Worby, Pope Jerrod, Lesoko Seabe and Nicholas Pauling.

The cast of Clybourne Park are (from centre outwards) Susan Danford, Andrew Buckland, Scott Sparrow, Claire-Louise Worby, Pope Jerrod, Lesoko Seabe and Nicholas Pauling.

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The scathingly funny and uncomfortably honest acclaimed black (and white) comedy Clybourne Park will enjoy its South African premier at The Fugard Theatre this month.

Written by Bruce Norris, the play won a Tony Award for Best Play in 2012, as well as an Oliver Award for Best New Play and the Pulitzer Drama Prize in 2011 and explored the fault line between race and property.

It’s 1959 and Russ and Bev are selling their desirable two-bedroom Chicago Bungalow in Clybourne Park which enables the first black family to move into the neighbourhood, creating ripples of discontent amongst the cosy white suburbanites of Clybourne Park.

Fast forward to 2009, the same property is being bought by a young white couple, Lindsey and Steve, whose plan to redevelop the house stirs similar echoes of unhappiness in the now all black community.

Clybourne Park is an inspired response to Lorraine Hansberry’s renowned play, A Raisin in the Sun, with that play’s protagonists, The Youngers, as the young black family moving to Clybourne Park.

Clybourne Park is a milestone play that examines our sense of otherness and issues such as the language we use with each other, gentrification, heritage and community, in an unapologetically searing but bitingly witty manner,” says Eric Abraham, founding producer and owner of the Fugard Theatre. “These are conversations that are pertinent to South Africans.”

The all South African cast includes Andrew Buckland, Susan Danford, Lesoko Seabe, Scott Sparrow, Nicholas Pauling, Pope Jerrod and Claire-Louise Worby.

The production will be directed by Greg Karvellas. Set design is by Saul Radomsky and costume design is by Birrie Le Roux.V Clybourne Park will run at The Fugard Theatre Tuesdays to Saturdays from Tuesday 16 August until Saturday 1 October. Tickets cost between R120 and R240 from Computicket or the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554.

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