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Aurora Theatre kicked off the new theater season in July with its crackling version of Mary Poppins… Aurora is on a roll, and with Melissa Foulger directing, this could be another hit.

—Jim Farmer, ArtsATL.com

Suzi Recommended

Directed by Melissa Foulger

A brutally funny and fiercely provocative play about race, real estate, and the volatile values of each which won nearly every honor a play can win, including the Tony Award, the Olivier Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. The play takes place in two acts 50 years apart. Act One: in 1959 nervous leaders of a well-appointed Chicago community anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two: the same house in 2009, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification. Fair warning: the language is harsh, but the conversation is worth it.


Adult Language & Situations

Running Time
Act I: 50 minutes; Act II: 50 minutes. There is one 15-minute intermission.

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About the Playwright

Bruce Norris is the author of Clybourne Park, which won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2012, the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards (London) for Best Play, 2011, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 2011. Other plays include The Infidel (2000), Purple Heart (2002), We All Went Down to Amsterdam (2003), The Pain and the Itch (2004) The Unmentionables (2006), and A Parallelogram (2010), all of which had their premieres at Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago. Two plays, titled The Low Road and Domesticated, respectively, had 2013 premieres at the Royal Court Theatre, London and at Lincoln Center Theatre, New York. His work has also been seen at Playwrights Horizons (New York), Lookingglass Theatre (Chicago), Philadelphia Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth Theatre (Washington, D.C.) Staatstheater Mainz (Germany) and the Galway Festival (Ireland), among others. He is the recipient of the Steinberg Playwright Award (2009), and the Whiting Foundation Prize for Drama (2006) as well as two Joseph Jefferson Awards (Chicago) for Best New Work. As an actor he can be seen in the films A Civil Action, The Sixth Sense, and the recent All Good Things. He lives in New York.

Producer’s Quote

“Although Clybourne Park presents racially charged conflicts and the most colorful language in Aurora’s 18 year history, the quality of the piece, with the brilliant comic themes, are so relevant to our audience,” said Anthony Rodriguez, Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director.

Lobby Art Exhibit

T. J. Haugh is an artist who currently resides in Lawrenceville. His work has been exhibited in galleries, art centers and at museum-sponsored events. Mr. Haugh will be conducting art demonstrations during the run of Clybourne Park.

A portion of all art sales benefits Aurora Theatre

T.J. Haugh Artwork

Just Another Day by T.J. Haugh

October 2–26, 2014

Wednesday–Saturday at 8:00pm*
Saturday & Sunday at 2:30pm
Tickets $20–$40

Wednesday Discount Matinee
October 22 at 10:00am

*No Wednesday evening performance on October 22

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Community Conversation
“Race: The Elephant in the Room”

Few issues are as complicated or touch a nerve as quickly as those that deal with race. However, having a dialogue about this issue will help in maintaining healthy, thriving, engaged, and equitable communities. Aurora Theatre’s current production, Clybourne Park, navigates the issue of race and other tough questions, like gentrification. Committed to making space for these kinds of discussions, Aurora will be hosting a Community Conversation entitled “Race: The Elephant in the Room” on Thursday, October 16 from 6:45pm-7:30pm. A panel of community leaders will discuss where we have been as a community, where we are now, and where we are heading in light of the play’s themes and putting these issues in context for the Greater Atlanta community in which we live.

Moderated by Executive Director of the Atlanta Regional Commission Doug Hooker. Scheduled to appear are: Dan Kaufman–President and CEO, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce; Donna Alexander–Central Gwinnett High School, Assistant Principal Fine Arts and Communications Academy; and Tim Hur–REALTOR®, President’s Liaison to South Korea for the National Association of REALTORS® and Entrepreneur Extraordinaire.

Community Conversation Participants

L–R: Doug Hooker, Dan Kaufman, Donna Alexander & Tim Hur

Podcast Interview with Cara Mantella & Eric J. Little

Listen to Aurora Theatre Apprentice Company member Luke Georgecink’s podcast interview with Cara Mantella & Eric J. Little as they discuss Clybourne Park, writing and local sports.

Wine Down Wednesdays

Wine Down Wednesday

The popular (and FREE) wine tasting in the lobby before select Wednesday evening performances returns October 8 & 15 from 6:30–8:00pm.

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Russ/Dan Robin Bloodworth*
Bev/Kathy Tess Malis Kincaid*
Francine/Lena Danielle Deadwyler*
Albert/Kevin Eric J. Little*
Jim/Tom/Kenneth Bobby Labartino
Karl/Steve Joe Sykes
Betsy/Lindsey Cara Mantella
Francine/Lena Understudy Chelcy Cutwright
Betsy/Lindsey Understudy Cate Lightburn
Albert/Kevin Understudy Brian Walker
Production Staff
Director Melissa Foulger
Producing Artistic Director Anthony P. Rodriguez
Associate Producer Ann-Carol Pence
Associate Artistic Director Justin Anderson
Assistant Director Kate Donadio MacQueen
Resident Stage Manager Katie Chambers*
Set & Costume Designers Isabel & Moriah Curley-Clay
Lighting Designer Rob Dillard
Sound Designer Angie Bryant
Props Designer Kristen Hunsicker
Company Manager Katie Pelkey
Technical Director/Sound Assistant Daniel Terry
Associate Technical Director Joel Schiebout
Scenic Artist Sarah Thomson
Assistant Stage Manager Alexandra Mahoney
Crew Chelcy Cutwright & Greg Hunter

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.