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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Annie Parisse To Star in “Clybourne Park” World Premiere for Playwrights Horizons

Annie Parisse (Law & Order) will be a part of the cast for Playwrights Horizons production of the world premiere of “Clybourne Park”, which is a new play by Bruce Norris, to be directed by Pam Mac Kinnon.

The official press release, courtesy of Playwrights Horizons is below, and it includes all the details.

By the way, for those of you following Julianne Nicholson’s recent run with Playwrights Horizons in the production of “This”, here is a link to a recent article which includes a little Q&A with Julianne that you may enjoy. "This" has been extended to run through January 3, 2010.


Cast to feature Tony Award winner FRANK WOOD,

Single tickets on sale Wednesday, December 30
Previews begin Friday, January 29
Opening Night set for Sunday, February 21

Playwrights Horizons (Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director) has announced complete casting for the World Premiere of CLYBOURNE PARK, a new play by Bruce Norris (The Pain and the Itch at Playwrights Horizons/PH 2006-2007 Season).

Directed by Pam MacKinnon (Peter and Jerry, The Four of Us, Occupant), the production will begin previews Friday, January 29, with an Opening Night set for Sunday, February 21 at 7PM at the theater company’s Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street). The limited engagement is currently scheduled to run through Sunday, March 7.

The cast will feature Tony Award winner Frank Wood (Side Man and August: Osage County on Broadway, The Wax at PH), Emmy Award nominee Annie Parisse (The Credeaux Canvas at PH, Becky Shaw at Second Stage, Prelude to a Kiss on Broadway, Assistant DA Alexandra Borgia on “Law & Order,” Julia Lindsey Snyder on “As the World Turns”), Jeremy Shamos (100 Saints You Should Know and Miss Witherspoon at PH, Reckless and The Rivals on Broadway, Gutenberg! The Musical!), Crystal A. Dickinson (Ruined, Broke-ology), Brendan Griffin (world premiere of Itamar Moses’s Back Back Back at The Old Globe), Damon Gupton (Inked Baby at PH) and Christina Kirk (God’s Ear at The Vineyard, Suitcase and [sic] at Soho Rep).

CLYBOURNE PARK will be Mr. Norris’ first play to have its World Premiere in New York. While Playwrights Horizons presented his first New York premiere with The Pain and the Itch in 2006, his previous five plays all had their World Premieres at Steppenwolf Theatre.

In 1959, a white family moves out. In 2009, a white family moves in. In the intervening years, change overtakes a neighborhood, along with attitudes, inhabitants and property values. Loosely inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, this pitch-black comedy from Bruce Norris takes on the specter

of gentrification in one of America’s most recognizable communities – leaving no stone unturned in the process. The production will feature scenic design by Dan Ostling, costume design by Ilona Somogyi, lighting design by Allen Lee Hughes and sound design by John Gromada. Production Stage Manager is Carol A. Clark.

Playwrights Horizons’ production of CLYBOURNE PARK has received generous support from the Eleanor Naylor Dana Charitable Trust. Special thanks to the Tobin Theatre Arts Fund for supporting the set and costume designer fees for this production.

Playwrights Horizons’ season productions are generously supported by The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.

Playwrights Horizons is supported in part by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate. In addition, Playwrights Horizons receives major support from Carnegie Corporation of New York, Charina Endowment Fund, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Shubert Foundation and Time Warner Inc.

The performance schedule for CLYBOURNE PARK will be Tuesdays through Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2:30 & 8PM and Sundays at 2:30 & 7:30 PM. Tickets are $65 and will go on sale to the general public starting Wednesday, December 30. Tickets may be purchased online via TicketCentral.com, by phone at (212) 279-4200 (Noon-8pm daily), or in person at the Ticket Central Box Office, 416 West 42nd Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenues).

LIVEforFIVE, HOTtix and STUDENT RUSH are some of Playwrights Horizons’ popular Arts Access initiatives, which allow the institution to reach out to those who may not be able to afford the cost of a full-price theater ticket. This program is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, McGraw-Hill Companies and the Elroy and Terry Krumholz Foundation.

LIVEforFIVE makes available $5 tickets for the first preview performance of each Playwrights Horizons production through a lottery via the company’s website. The LIVEforFIVE lottery for CLYBOURNE PARK will be for tickets to the first preview on Friday, January 29 at 8PM. Details for the lottery are as follows: beginning Wednesday, January 20 at 10AM, theatergoers can enter the lottery by filling out an entry form at www.playwrightshorizons.org. Entries will be accepted until Monday, January 25 at 12 Noon. Winners of the lottery will be notified via email no later than 3PM on Monday, January 25 with instructions on how to book their $5 tickets. Unclaimed tickets will be offered via email starting at 12 Noon on Tuesday, January 26 on a first-come, first-served basis. One or two tickets may be purchased for $5 each. At least 50 tickets will be available for Mainstage shows via the lottery.

Reflecting Playwrights Horizons’ ongoing commitment to making its productions more affordable to younger audiences, the theater company offers HOTtix, $20 rush tickets, subject to availability, day of performance only, starting one hour before showtime to patrons aged 30 and under. Proof of age required. One ticket per person, per purchase. STUDENT RUSH, $15 rush tickets, subject to availability, day of performance only, starting one hour before curtain to full-time graduate and undergraduate students. One ticket per person, per purchase. Valid student ID required.

Playwrights Horizons’ 4th Annual 30&Under Party will take place following the Friday, February 5, evening performance of CLYBOURNE PARK. The party is a free event for Student and 30&Under FlexPass members and a guest. Additional $20 tickets will be available for purchase for patrons aged 30 or under. For more information, please call (212) 564-1235, ext. 3152.

A special open captioned performance of CLYBOURNE PARK for theatergoers who are deaf and hard of hearing will be held on the Saturday, February 13 matinee at 2:30 PM. Funding for this program is provided, in part, by the Theodore H. Barth Foundation and the Theatre Development Fund’s TAP Plus program in cooperation with the New York State Council on the Arts.

How to order tickets for the open captioned performance:
● Online: log on to
● Phone: call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 (Noon-8pm daily) via Relay Service (800) 421-1220
● TTY: call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 (noon-8pm daily) via Relay Service (800) 662-1220
● By fax: a printable order form may be found online at

In addition, special Post-Performance Discussions with members of the cast and creative team will take place immediately after the following three performances: Wednesday evening, February 3 at 8PM, Tuesday evening, February 9 at 8PM and Sunday matinee, February 14 at 2:30 PM.

For subscription and ticket information to all PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS productions,
call TICKET CENTRAL at (212) 279-4200, Noon to 8 pm daily,
or purchase online at the Playwrights Horizons website at

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