Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘Clybourne Park’ paired with ‘Raisin in the Sun’ by Center Theatre Group

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‘Clybourne Park,’ Bruce Norris’ drama that won the Pulitzer Prize this year, will make its Los Angeles debut at the Mark Taper Forum in the spring of 2012. Center Theatre Group said it will pair the production with a separate staging of Lorraine Hansberry’s ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, running a few weeks prior.

Norris’ play serves as a companion piece of sorts to ‘Raisin,’ imagining the events taking place before and after Hansberry’s classic. ‘Clybourne’ will be an original CTG production, and is scheduled to open March 21, running through April 22.

CTG will remount the Ebony Repertory Theatre’s recent production of ‘Raisin,’ directed by actress Phylicia Rashad. The production will open Jan. 22 and run through Feb. 19 at the Douglas. Ebony’s staging debuted in March at the Nat Holden Performing Arts Center.

The new season at the Douglas will also feature actress Charlayne Woodard’s solo play ‘The Night Watcher’ (Nov. 20 to Dec. 18), which had a staged workshop run at the La Jolla Playhouse before continuing to Seattle Repertory Theatre and New York’s Primary Stages.


Rounding out the Douglas season will be a new production from Culture Clash titled ‘American Night: The Ballad of Juan José' (Mar. 11 to Apr. 1), and Danai Gurira’s new play ‘The Convert’ (Apr. 19 to May 13), which will have its world premiere in a co-production with the McCarter Theatre Center and Goodman Theatre. The DouglasPlus series -- a sidebar seasonal offering -- will feature a reading of the Burglars of Hamm’s ‘The Behavior of Broadus’ (Sep. 17) and a full production of Rude Mechs’ new musical ‘I’ve Never Been So Happy’ (Oct. 8 to 23).


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