Limelight Theatre partners with Lift Up Lincolnville for show that addresses race

The cast of Clybourne Park, on stage Nov. 7-30 in Limelight Theatre. The cast includes

The cast of Clybourne Park, on stage Nov. 7-30 in Limelight Theatre. The cast includes Steve Harden as Russ and Dan; Evelyn Lyman as Bev and Kathy; Rhodie Jackson as Francine and Lena; Matthew Hodges as Jim, Tom and Kenneth; Patric Robinson as Albert and Kevin; Jan Peter Buksar as Karl and Steve; and Kristina Garcia as Betsy and Lindsey.

Clybourne Park benefit Nov. 8 will help raise funds for Eddie Vickers Park in Lincolnville

From Limelight Theatre

St. Augustine, FL — Clybourne Park explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.

Clybourne Park is staged
 Nov. 7-30 in Limelight Theatre’s Koger-Gamache Studio space, 11 Old Mission Ave., uptown St. Augustine. The studio seats 75, an intimate space for this production that addresses race. With humor and emotionally raw content, the original production won a Tony, a Pulitzer and an Oliver.

Produced in conjunction with Lift Up Lincolnville, Clybourne Park (2010) is a play by Bruce Norris written in response to Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A Raisin in the Sun.

It portrays fictional events set before and after the Hansberry play and is loosely based on historical events that took place in the city of Chicago.

The Nov. 8 performance will raise funds for the preservation of Eddie Vickers Park in Lincolnville, a gala benefit that will include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, as well as an opportunity to learn more about the park preservation project. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling the Limelight box office at 904-825-1164.

As described by the Washington Post, the play “applies a modern twist to the issues of race and housing and aspirations for a better life.” The play was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play.

The drama/comedy is written by Bruce Norris and is directed by Jason Collins.

The cast includes Steve Harden as Russ and Dan; Evelyn Lyman as Bev and Kathy; Rhodie Jackson as Francine and Lena; Matthew Hodges as Jim, Tom and Kenneth; Patric Robinson as Albert and Kevin; Jan Peter Buksar as Karl and Steve; and Kristina Garcia as Betsy and Lindsey.

In addition, a panel discussion will take place before the performance on Thursday, Nov. 13. Sue Agresta, Chris White, Judith Seraphim and director Jason Collins will be introduced at 7 p.m. and will speak about what is going on in our community and talk about how it relates to the show. This is an educational and community awareness event.

On Nov. 14, samples of signature cocktails from The St. Augustine Distillery, a new business based in Lincolnville, will be served before the show and during intermission.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 per person. Free parking is available. For reservations, call the box office at 904-825-1164 or purchase online at limelight-theatre.org.

NEW YORK TIMES review from 2012: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/20/theater/reviews/clybourne-park-by-bruce-norris-at-walter-kerr-theater.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

HUFFINGTON POST review from 2012:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wilborn-hampton/clybourne-park-review_b_1435841.html

CLEVELAND.COM review from 2012: http://www.cleveland.com/onstage/index.ssf/2014/03/clybourne_park_will_offend_you.html

 

 

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