Clybourne Park | 2013-2014 Season

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Clybourne Park

Feb 11 – Mar 9

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A wickedly funny and fiercely provocative play about the volatile combination of race and real estate. In Act One it’s 1959, and a white couple sells their home to the Younger family of A Raisin in the Sun, causing an uproar in their all-white neighborhood. Fast forward 50 years in Act Two and the same house is bought by a white couple with plans for gentrification - and a knack for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time.  While the stakes have changed, the debate remains as neighbors reveal just how far ideas about race have evolved…or have they?

By: Bruce Norris
Director: Mark Cuddy
Scenic and Costume Designer: G.W. Mercier
Lighting Designer: Anne Wrightson
Sound Designer: Lindsay Jones
Dramaturg: Jenni Werner

Co-produced with Cleveland Play House

Run Time: 2 hrs, 5 min including intermission
Age Recommendation: 13+

WARNING: Strong language and mature subject matter.
Approaching contemporary issues of race, class and community through the form of satire is complicated and intentionally provocative. Clybourne Park encourages audience members to question societal attitudes and examine their own positions and actions through a style of humor that can be both unsettling and uncomfortable.

 

Geva offers sign interpretation, audio description and open captioning at select performances. For a list of dates this season, please click here.

KRISTEN ADELE

Fran/Lena

KRISTEN ADELE originally hails from Dallas and is thrilled to work with this talented group of people.  Off-Broadway credits include Myrna in Myrna in Transit for Ensemble Studio Theatre. Regional credits include Rachel in Jackie & Me for Denver Center Theatre Company, Ruth in A Raisin in the Sun at Clarence Brown Theatre, Helen in Machinal, St. Monica in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and Undine in Fabulation for Rutgers Theatre Co.  Her most recent television credits include CBS’ “Blue Bloods” and Netflix’s Orange is the New Black.  She holds an M.F.A .in Acting from Rutgers University. www.KristenAdele.net 

JOHN CUMMINGS

Kenneth

JOHN CUMMINGS made his Geva Theatre Center debut earlier this season in the World Premiere of All Your Questions Answered by Tony Award winner Greg Kotis and appeared in A Christmas Carol. His previous work includes Fox on the Fairway, Reasons to be Pretty, RENT, and West Side Story. He is a senior theatre major and music minor at SUNY Brockport and is thrilled to be part of this experience.

JESSICA KITCHENS

Betsy/Lindsay

JESSICA KITCHENS makes her Geva Theatre Center debut with Clybourne Park.  Ms. Kitchens has performed with such companies as The American Conservatory Theater (A Christmas Carol, Once in a Lifetime), Berkeley Rep (Pericles), California Shakespeare Theater (Blithe Spirit, Hamlet), The Magic Theatre (Mauritius, Monkey Room), Idaho Repertory Theatre (Noises Off, The Taming of the Shrew), The Jewish Theatre San Francisco (The Floating Lightbulb), Shotgun Players (Blood Wedding, Cabaret, Love is a Dream House in Lorin), Woman’s Will, foolsFURY, and Golden Thread.  She is a graduate of the American Conservatory Theater’s M.F.A. program and a recipient of the Maureen McKibben Alumni Fellowship Award and the 2011 Shenson Performing Arts Fellowship from the Shenson Foundation.

SKIP GREER

Russ/Dan

SKIP GREER serves as Artist in Residence and Director of Education at Geva Theatre Center. For Geva he has acted in You Can’t Take It With You (Paul Sycamore), Superior Donuts (Arthur Przybyszewski),The Music Man (Mayor Shinn), Evie’s Waltz (Clay), Hamlet (Ghost, Player King), 1776 (John Hancock), House and Garden (Giles), Art (Serge), Twelve Angry Men (Juror #1), A Girl’s Life (Ken), Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (Alexander), The Illusion (Alcandre), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Sagot) and State of the Union (Spike McManus). Directing credits at Geva include On Golden Pond; Over the Tavern; Almost, Maine;  the world premiere of The House in Hydesville; American Buffalo; the world premiere of Key West; Death of a Salesman; Lobby Hero; Below the Belt; The Weir; Women Who Steal; Beast on the Moon; The Triumph of Love and Geometric Digression of the Species (for the Nextstage opening). Regional credits include seven seasons in the resident acting company of Sacramento Theatre Company, San Jose Repertory Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival and Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts. Film and TV credits include “Bloodhounds,” “LA Law,” and “VR5.” Mr. Greer has toured Europe, Africa, Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia and the Cook Islands teaching and performing.

CHRISTIAN PEDERSEN

Karl/Steve

CHRISTIAN PEDERSON is making his Geva Theatre Center debut. Last year he appeared in Sleuth (Surflight Theatre), Saving Kitty (NJ Rep) and most recently in The Mousetrap at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. In New York he has performed Off-Broadway in Vieux Carre (The Pearl), Eternal Equinox (59E59), Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (3LD) as well as several Off-Off-Broadway shows including the 2012 FringeNYC rock musical Mother Eve’s Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood, which he also composed.  Regional credits include Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, Arkansas Rep, Vineyard Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Ivoryton Playhouse, People’s Light & Theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, and Gulfshore Playhouse.  TV credits include The Good Wife, Fringe, Damages, and One Life to Live the slick but well-meaning financial advisor Frank Baker. Graduate of the University of Richmond and the New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts.

JIM POULOS

Jim/Tom

JIM POULOS is happy to return to Geva,  where he has been seen as Bobby in Company, Mozart in Amadeus, Bobby in Urinetown, Ed Carmichael in You Can’t Take It with You, Vince in Convenience and as Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol since the production’s premiere in 2010.  Broadway credits include Mark Cohen in Rent and Huck Finn in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  National Tours include Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, The Graduate and South Pacific. Regionally, Mr. Poulos has appeared as Mozart in Amadeus at Repertory Theater of St. Louis; Lt. Frank Cioffi in Curtains at Arvada Center; Felix in The Odd Couple, Charlie in The Foreigner, and Max in Lend Me A Tenor at the John W. Engeman Theater; and Bill Gates in Nerds:// A Musical… at Philadelphia Theater Company (Barrymore Award Nom).  Jim lives in NYC with his wife, Director/Actor Melissa Rain Anderson, and their cat, Toby.

ROYA SHANKS

Bev/Kathy

ROYA SHANKS, a New York based actor, has performed Off-Broadway with such companies as the Abingdon, Urban Stages and Prospect Theater. She also worked at the Texas Shakespeare Festival, Premiere Stages, Summer Theatre of New Canaan, The Old Globe and on more far-flung stages in Israel, Turkey and China. A graduate of Yale and the Maggie Flanigan Studio in New York, Ms. Shanks has appeared on “Gossip Girl,” “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns” and the feature films Dogs Lie and the forthcoming The Longest Week. She works steadily in the world of voiceover. www.royashanks.com

DANIEL MORGAN SHELLEY

Albert/Kevin

DANIEL MORGAN SHELLEY is thrilled to be making his Geva Theatre Center debut with this amazing cast & crew. He was last seen as Athos in The Three Musketeers at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Other favorite credits include Romeo and Juliet and King Lear, also at HVSF, A Raisin in the Sun at Playmakers Rep, Find & Sign at Pioneer Theatre Company, The Insurgents at CATF, The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller at The ArcLight, and Othello at Oberon Theatre Ensemble.  Film credits include Brother on Low and TV credits include “Blue Bloods” and “Law & Order.” Mr. Shelley trained at Juilliard. No Day But Today. www.DanielMorganShelley.com

BRUCE NORRIS

Playwright

BRUCE NORRIS is an actor and writer whose plays include The Actor Retires (1992), The Vanishing Twin (1996), The Infidel (2000), Purple Heart (2002), We All Went Down To Amsterdam (2003), The Pain And The Itch (2004), and The Unmentionables (2006), among others. He is the recipient of the Whiting Foundation Prize for Drama (2006) as well as two Joseph Jefferson Awards for Best New Work and the Kesselring Prize Honorable Mention for 2006. As an actor he can be seen in the films A Civil Action and The Sixth Sense. He currently lives in Brooklyn.

MARK CUDDY

Director

MARK CUDDY is in his nineteenth season as Artistic Director of Geva Theatre Center. Earlier this season, he directed Pump Boys and Dinettes and A Christmas Carol, and he will direct the season finale, The Odd Couple. Last season, he co-directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and directed The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, A Christmas Carol (which he also adapted) and You Can’t Take It With You. Mr. Cuddy is well known for his staging of premieres, contemporary comedies and musical theatre. Among his Geva Theatre Center productions have been the Mainstage and Nextstage productions of Company, Superior Donuts The Music ManFive Course Love, Fences; Sweeney Todd; A Christmas Story; Pride and Prejudice (which he also co-adapted); Bad Dates; Our Town; Tuesdays With Morrie; Urinetown; Splitting Infinity; Vigil; A Chorus Line; Hamlet; That Was Then (American premiere); Convenience (world premiere musical); 1776; Proof; the world premiere of Thornton Wilder’s Theophilus North which was also seen at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.; The Miser; the East Coast premieres of both House and Garden; Quilters; Art; Famous Orpheus (world premiere musical) with Garth Fagan Dance; Every Good Boy Deserves Favor with the RPO; Golf With Alan Shepard; Picasso at the Lapin Agile and State of the Union. Prior to his tenure at Geva Theatre Center, Mr. Cuddy directed a number of world and American classics while Artistic Director of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Sacramento Theatre Company.

G.W. MERCIER

Scenic and Costume Designer

G.W. MERCIER is honored to be an Affiliate Artist at Geva Theatre Center where he designed Company, The Music Man, Pride & Prejudice, Cabaret, Urinetown, Our Town, Vigil, 1776,  Splitting Infinity, Camelot, Five Course Love, Theopholis North,  The Miser, Quilters and The Beauty Queen of Leenane.   In New York he designed, Old Hats starring Bill Irwin, David Shiner & Nellie McKay after an Off-Broadway run in the Fall is currently being transferred to Broadway; Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass (Tony and Drama Desk Nominations); Miracle Brothers; Five Course Love; People Are Wrong; Wilder; Eli’s Comin’; Dream True (Drama Desk Nomination); True History & Real Adventures; You Don’t Miss The Water; The Waiting Room; Bed & Sofa (Drama Desk Nomination); Por Knockers; The Party; Lady Bracknell’s Confinement; Hannah, 1939; Urban Zulu Mambo; Catch Me If I Fall; Groundhog; The Red Sneaks; The New Americans; Winter Man; The Loman Family Picnic; The Tempest; Taming of the Shrew; Macbeth; Lemon Sky; Evening Sky and Judgement.  Mr. Mercier thrives collaborating with amazing writers, composers, directors, partner designers, and actors creating original work or making established shows seem new.  He and his family live in Connecticut.

ANN G. WRIGHTSON

Lighting Designer

ANN G. WRIGHTSON happily returns to Geva Theatre Center where she has designed numerous shows over the years.  Her recent work includesThe Birthday Party at the Geffen Playhouse; Vanya, Sonia, Mash and Spike at Asolo Rep; A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Indiana Rep; and Fiddler on the Roof and Anna Karenina at Portland Center Stage. She designed the Broadway production of Souvenir and she was a Tony nominee for her work on the Tony Award-winning August: Osage County, which she designed for Broadway, London, Sydney and the National Tour.  Past projects include The Unmentionables for Yale Repertory, UP, Steppenwolf Theatre Tracy Letts’ The Man From Nebraska (a Pulitzer Prize finalist and one of Time’s Top 10 Best Plays of 2003), Steppenwolf Theatre, ten seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; a world premiere, The Invisible Hand, at St Louis Rep and Oklahoma! at Portland Center Stage. Other work has been seen at the Kennedy Center, the Long Wharf, Arena Stage and the National Playwrights Conference Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Awards are 2009 IRNE Award for Best Lighting for Fences at the Huntington, Backstage Garland Award for Magic Fire at OSF and an AUDELCO nomination. 

LINDSAY JONES

Sound Designer

LINDSAY JONES is very pleased to return to Geva Theatre Center for Clybourne Park, which is his 18th production here. Broadway credits include Bronx Bombers and A Time To Kill. Off-Broadway credits include Through the Night at Union Square/Westside Theatres, Wild With Happy at the Public Theater, The Burnt Part Boys for Playwrights Horizons/Vineyard, Top Secret for New York Theatre Workshop, Rx at Primary Stages and many others. Regionally he has designed for the Guthrie Theatre, Center Stage, American Conservatory Theatre, Hartford Stage, South Coast Repertory, Alliance, Goodman, Arena Stage, Yale Repertory, The Old Globe, Chicago Shakespeare, Steppenwolf, Lookingglass and many others. International: Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada, Royal Shakespeare Company (England), as well as productions in Austria, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Scotland. Awards: Six Joseph Jefferson Awards and 19 nominations, two Ovation Awards and three nominations, LA Drama Critics Circle Award, two ASCAP Plus Awards, two Drama Desk Award nominations, 2 AUDELCO nominations and nominations for Henry Hewes Design, Barrymore, Austin Critics Circle, and NAACP Theatre Awards. Mr. Jones was also the first sound designer to win the Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award.  Film scoring includes HBO Films’ A Note of Triumph (2006 Academy Award, Best Documentary), and Family Practice for Sony Pictures.

BETTIE O. ROGERS

Wig/Hair Designer

BETTIE O. ROGERS returns to Geva Theatre Center where she designed wigs for The 39 Steps, A Raisin in the Sun, Fences, Sweeney Todd, Pride and Prejudice, Five Course Love, and 1776 among others.   As a wigmaker/hair designer, her credits extend beyond 100 productions in theatre, TV and film.   Currently, Ms. Rogers is in her eighth season as the Department Head Hairstylist for NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” for which she’s received three Emmy Awards (2008, 2012, 2013) for a total of six nominations.

JENNI WERNER

Literary Director/Resident Dramaturg

JENNI WERNER is in her third season at Geva Theatre Center. Last season she served as dramaturg on You Can’t Take It With You, Freud’s Last Session, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Previously, she served as the Director of Programming at Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the non-profit theatre field.  From 2005-2011, Ms. Werner produced TCG’s annual National Conference, curating the content and organizing the logistics for the largest national gathering of professionals in the non-profit theatre field.  For the past six years, she was adjunct instructor in the Program in Educational Theatre at New York University, and is now an adjunct instructor at SUNY Geneseo.  Ms. Werner has an M.F.A. in dramaturgy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a B.A. in theatre and history from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. She and Sean Daniels co-author Geva’s blog, at gevajournal.com.

JENN LYONS

Stage Manager

JENN LYONS is a Rochester native happy to be back home and working at Geva.  National Tours include Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella (staring Eartha Kitt), Showboat and The Who’s Tommy. New York credits include work at Roundabout Theatre and Circle Repertory Theater as well as the Broadway production of The Little Mermaid.  Ms. Lyons spent the last year working as the General Manager of the Rochester Fringe Festival.

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