Clybourne Park, Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer, 2012 Tony and 2011 Olivier Awards, Starts at the Alley January 18 and Opens January 23.
HOUSTON, TX –The Alley Theatre’s production of Houston native Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, and the Olivier Award for Best Play (London) starts on the Alley Theatre’s Neuhaus Stage January 18 and opens Wednesday, January 23. Clybourne Park is directed by Alley Theatre Associate Director James Black.
Clybourne Park spans two generations fifty years apart. In 1959, Russ and Bev are selling their desirable two-bedroom at a bargain price, unknowingly bringing the first black family into the neighborhood and creating ripples of discontent among the cozy white residents of Clybourne Park. In 2009, the same property is being bought by a young white couple, whose plan to raze the house and start again is met with equal disapproval by the black residents of the soon-to-be-gentrified area. Are the issues festering beneath the floorboards actually the same, fifty years on? Bruce Norris’s excruciatingly funny and squirm-inducing satire explores the fault line between race and property. Recommended for mature audiences due to racially charged language.
Clybourne Park, by Bruce Norris and directed by James Black, begins performances Friday, January 18, opens officially Wednesday, January 23, and runs through Sunday, February 17, 2013 on the Neuhaus Stage.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Elizabeth Bunch (Bev/Kathy) has appeared in more than 30 shows at the Alley Theatre since 2002 and recently served as Assistant Director for The Seafarer and Amadeus. Performances include Clarice Bernstein in November, Elizabeth Wells in Ether Dome, Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, Karen in August: Osage County, Wendy in Peter Pan, Boeing-Boeing, Harvey, The 39 Steps, Our Town, The Farnsworth Invention, Mauritius, Cyrano de Bergerac, Othello, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Scene, Doubt, Death on the Nile, Treasure Island, Steel Magnolias, Proof and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? New York theatre credits include The Voice of the Turtle produced by The Keen Company and The Mint Theater, The Water Children at Playwright Horizons, Museum with The Keen Company, The Light Outside with Bat Theater Company, and New World Rhapsody, The Motel Plays, and The Hospital Plays at HB Playwrights Foundation. Other theatre includes Little Foxes at The Denver Center, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Guthrie Theater, Goosebumps a national tour produced by Feld Entertainment. Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, Viola in Twelfth Night, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Isabella in Measure for Measure, Big Love and Arcadia with Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble. Television appearances include Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Elizabeth is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Philip Lehl (Karl/Steve) has appeared regularly at the Alley Theatre since arriving in Texas in 2001, where he was last seen in the ensembles of A Christmas Carol, Ether Dome, The Crucifer of Blood, The Farnsworth Invention, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Eurydice, and Cyrano de Bergerac. Favorite roles at the Alley include Rev. Hale in The Crucible, Kerry Max Cook in The Exonerated, Gail in Our Lady of 121st Street, Christopher Wren in The Mousetrap, Horatio in Hamlet and Young Housman in The Invention of Love. Broadway credits include Mickey in Blood Brothers and Ensemble in The Kentucky Cycle. Off-Broadway he was seen in Hundreds of Hats and toured the nation as Charles Clarke in Titanic. Locally, he has appeared at Stages Repertory Theatre in Oh the Humanity, Yankee Tavern, I Am My Own Wife, Mr. Marmalade, Lady, Souvenir, Amy’s View, The Pavilion, and Dirty Blonde; Classical Theatre Company in Ghosts, Uncle Vanya, and The Tempest; Main Street Theatre in Arcadia; Horse Head Theatre in Fault Lines;Generations in Bat Boy, Spring Awakening, and Our Town; Houston Shakespeare Festival in King John, Romeo and Juliet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Julius Caesar, and Cymbeline; Paul Hope's BCCM, and TUTS in Wonderful Life and one memorable performance of Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady. Lehl is co-founder and director of Stark Naked Theatre Company, where he has appeared in Debt Collectors and Dinner With Friends, and where he has directed Body Awareness. Later this season, he will play the title role in Macbeth for Stark Naked. Other directing credits include Art with Generations and Almost Maine and Reckless with Brave Dog Theatre Co.. He has performed at theatres across the U.S. including St. Louis Repertory, Cleveland Play House, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Portland Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The New Harmony Theatre and Weston Playhouse. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School and Drake University. Lehl is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Emily Neves (Betsy/Lindsey) is returning for her fourth season as an Alley Company Artist. She was last seen at the Alley in A Christmas Carol as Fred’s Wife/Belle, Death of a Salesman as Miss Forsythe, Amadeus, August: Osage County as Jean Fordham, Peter Pan as Michael/Jane, A Behanding in Spokane as Marilyn, Boeing-Boeing as Gloria, Harvey as Ruth Kelly, R.N., Our Town as Rebecca Gibbs, The Farnsworth Invention as Pem, Rock ‘n’ Roll as Esme/Alice, The Man Who Came to Dinner as June, Cyrano de Bergerac as Prostitute/Musician/Sister Claire and understudied the role of Janis Joplin as speaking in Love, Janis. Other theatre credits include The Emperor’s New Clothes as Princess Liane with The Houston Children’s Theatre Festival, Broadway 2000 and Broadway 2001 as a Featured Performer, both directed by Anne Reinking at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Film credits include Starship Troopers: Invasion as Trig, MagCrew as Addison and Apart as young Julie Gates. As a singer, Emily was featured as a Hollywood semi-finalist on season four of American Idol and was recently featured on the spin-off series American Idol: Rewind. She is a voice artist with Seraphim Studios, most notably appearing in Halo Legends as Spartan in "The Babysitter", Angel Beats as Angel, Clannad as Kotomi and High School of the Dead as Yuuki. She recently graduated cum laude from the BFA Pre-Professional Apprenticeship Program at Texas State University. While at Texas State, Emily performed at the 2012 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Washington, D.C. as part a national finalist team in the Irene Ryan acting competition. Emily is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Libya V. Pugh (Francine/Lena) is making her Alley Theatre debut. She recently appeared this fall as Valdemar/Nurse in The Completely Fictional Utterly True … Edgar Allen Poe with Centerstage Baltimore.Some stage credits include The Rivals as Lucy and Caroline, or Change as Dottie at Centerstage; Dreams of Sara Breedlove as Mae at The Goodman Theatre; MacBeth as Witch/Lady MacDuff at Chicago Shakespeare; The Bluest Eye as Claudia and Wedding Band as Julia at Steppenwolf Theatre; A Christmas Carol as Mrs. Crachit at Milwaukee Repertory; As You Like It as Rosalind at Milwaukee Shakespeare; Smoldering Fires as Juanita at First Stage Milwaukee; Julius Caesar as Portia at Shakespeare on the Sound;Doubt as Mrs. Muller at Peterborough Players; Hamlet as Gertrude at Baltimore Shakespeare; and Romeo and Juliet as Lady Capuletand Ain’t Suppose to Die a Natural Death as Scavenger Lady at Classical Theatre of Harlem. Her television credits include Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, One Life to Live and Jack’s Big Music Show. She is currently working on the TV pilot Platinum Wigs. She received her MFA from The University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and her BFA at The University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Libya is a co-founding ensemble member of Congo Square Theatre in Chicago.
David Rainey (Albert/Kevin) is in his 13th season as an Alley Company Artist. Recent roles include Bert/Spirit of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol, Dwight Grackle in November, Ben in What We’re Up Against, Mrs. Dilber/Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol, Rogers in And Then There Were None, Giuseppe Bonno in Amadeus, Noodler/Cookson in Peter Pan, Sterling in Mauritius, Nasty Interesting Man/Lord of the Underworld in Eurydice, Cuigy in Cyrano de Bergerac, the title role in Othello, Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Steward in Death on the Nile, Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird, Paryfon Rogozhin in Subject to Fits, Master Jacques in The Miser, Ariel in The Pillowman, Giles Cory in The Crucible, David Keaton in The Exonerated, Lincoln in Topdog/Underdog for which he received Best Actor by the Houston Press, Best Actor Nominations by the Jeff Awards in Chicago and Black Theatre Alliance Awards in Chicago, Lenny in Of Mice and Men and Donald in You Can’t Take It With You. He has performed with The National Actors Theatre, Joseph Papp Public Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Acting Company, New York Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Rep (with Theatre de la Jeune Lune), Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Hartford Stage Company, Dallas Theatre Center, Guthrie Theatre, Crossroads Theatre Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, among others. Film and television credits include Cosby, Law & Order, Vengeance Unlimited, As the World Turns, One Life to Live, Lowball, North Starr, Hell Swarm, Starforce, Multifacial and The ‘M’ Word. He holds degrees from Eastern New Mexico University and Juilliard, where he received the Drama Division’s highest honor, the Michel and Suria Saint-Denis Prize. He is Artistic Director of The Landing Theatre Company, is on the drama faculty of the University of Houston-Downtown and also teaches professional acting classes.
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
Janice Pytel (Costume Design) is pleased to return to the Alley, having previously designed costumes for The Farnsworth Invention. Janice is based in Chicago where she designed the world premiere productions of Bruce Norris’ The Infidel and The Pain and the Itch, both at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Recent Chicago credits include Crooked and Falling A: Wake with Rivendell Theatre Ensemble; Disgraced at American Theatre Company; The Caretaker, The Detective’s Wife; A Streetcar Named Desire; and Picnic at Writers’ Theatre; Spunk at Court Theatre; Middletown at Steppenwolf; and Festen at Steep Theatre. Broadway credits include 33 Variations and I Am My Own Wife.Regional credits include Broke at Alliance Theatre; Crime and Punishment at Centerstage; Winesburg, Ohio; The Glass Menagerie; The Drawer Boy at Kansas City Rep.; 33 Variations at Arena Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Center Theatre Group; Lombardi: The Only Thing; Rembrandt’s Gift; Topdog, Underdog at Madison Rep.; and The Seafarer at Geffen Playhouse. Feature film credits include Mariachi Gringo with Speak Productions. Multimedia credits include Catherine Sullivan’s Triangle of Need at Walker Art Center, Vizcaya Musuem and Gardens, Metro Pictures Gallery. Her online portfolio can be found at www.janicepytel.com.
John Ambrosone (Lighting Design) returns to the Alley Theatre where he previously designed lighting for Steel Magnolias, Dial M. For Murder, Black Coffee, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Life X 3, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf, The King Stag. Broadway credits include The Old Neighborhood. Off-Broadway credits include Nocturne. National Tours include The King Stag. International credits include Sao Paulo, Brazil; Strasbourg, France; Berlin, Germany; Tokyo, Japan; London, England; Leon, Mexico; Moscow, Russia; Singapore; and Taipei, Taiwan. Regional credits include Alliance Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, American Stage Festival, Annenberg Center, Arena Stage, Brooklyn Academy Of Music, Capital Theatre, Coconut Grove Theatre, Contemporary American Stage Festival, Emerson Majestic Theatre, Gloucester Stage Company, The Gravity Project, Hartford Stage Company, Long Wharf Theatre, Lyric Stage Company, McCarter Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, The People’s Light & Theatre Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Playmakers Repertory Company, Prince Music Theatre, Ridge Theatre Company, Royal George Theatre, Sugan Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory Company and Virginia Stage Company. Opera credits include Spoleto Festival USA, Boston Early Music Festival, Boston Musica Viva. Dance credits include the Boston Conservatory. Affiliations include United Scenic Artists, United States Institute For Theatre Technology. He is Head of BA/MFA Lighting Design and Technology at Virginia Tech.
Pierre Dupree (Sound Design) is the Sound Supervisor at the Alley Theatre, where he has previously designed November, And Then There Were None, August: Osage County, A Behanding in Spokane, The Mousetrap, Intelligence-Slave, The Crucifer of Blood, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Santaland Diaries and Secret Order.
Jacey Little (Dramaturg) is the Associate Literary Manager and Dramaturg for the Alley Theatre. Before joining the Alley in 2011, Jacey worked as a freelance dramaturg for the Houston Shakespeare Festival, The Landing Theatre Company and Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company. Her Alley credits include Assistant Director and Dramaturg for Death of a Salesman and The Seagull and Dramaturg for The Mountaintop, Red, The Seafarer and What We’re Up Against. Jacey received her BFA from the University of Oklahoma and is currently completing her MA thesis at the University of Houston.
ABOUT THE ALLEY THEATRE
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