Laguna Playhouse wraps up 97th season with Tony Award winner ‘Clybourne Park’

Laguna Playhouse presents the final show in its 97th season, the critically acclaimed, Pulitzer and Tony award winner for Best Play, Clybourne Park!

A spin-off of Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking drama A Raisin in the Sun, this razor-sharp satire examines race and real estate in a fictional Chicago neighborhood. Smart and funny, this Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning play featured the evolution of a house, acting as the focus of reactions to the shifting racial landscape of a community.

Written by Bruce Norris and directed by Matt August, the production will run through June 24.

Executive Director Ellen Richard comments, “What a privilege to close this extraordinary season with one of the most important plays of the past decade.” Adds Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham. “Under the direction of Matt August and with our exceptional cast, our subscribers and audiences are in for an unforgettable evening of thrilling and thought provoking theatre.”


The Cast of CLYBOURNE PARK will feature (in alphabetical order):  Heather Ayers, Jennifer Cannon, Jay Donnell, JD Cullum, Christian Pedersen, Bryan Porter and Jennifer Shelton.

MATT AUGUST (Director) directs regularly at regional theatres, for national tours, at Madison Square Garden and twice on Broadway. His shows have been highlighted at “The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” “The Wendy Williams Show” and even performed at the White House. He has been recognized with nominations and awards including the LA Ovation, Helen Hayes, Mac, Bay Area Critics, Broadway World, and Australia’s Helpmann Awards. His work has appeared on Year End Top-Ten lists for the LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, Arizona Republic, Oakland Tribune, Tuscon Sun, San Jose Mercury News and NPR/KQED. Matt has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Old Globe Theatre, Drama League, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Acting Company, Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, the Juilliard School, and San Francisco’s Zen Center.  In addition to theatre, he was awarded the Panavision New Filmmakers Grant and directed the short family film “How to Get to Candybar” which has played at festivals around the world and twice been awarded “Best Comedy Short.”

BRUCE NORRIS (Playwright) is the author of the plays Domesticated, The Low Road, A Parallelogram, Clybourne Park, The Unmentionables, The Pain And The Itch, Purple Heart, We All Went Down To Amsterdam, and The Infidel, among others. In 2011 – 2012 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as the Olivier, Evening Standard, and Tony Awards for Clybourne Park in the West End and on Broadway. His work has been produced by Steppenwolf Theatre, Lincoln Center Theater, Playwrights Horizons, The Royal Court Theatre, ACT, Yale Repertory Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Staatstheater Mainz, and many others. He is a recipient of the 2009 Steinberg Playwright Award, The 2006 Whiting Foundation Prize for Drama, and two Joseph Jefferson Awards for Best New Work. As an actor he can be seen in the recent film “Sea of Trees.” He lives in New York City.



Want to go?

Where: Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach

When: Now through June 24

Call: 949-497-2787


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