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March 21 - April 13, 2014 , Allen Theatre

Clybourne Park

written by Bruce Norris
directed by Mark Cuddy
co-produced with Geva Theatre Center

Run time: Act I: 55 minutes Intermission: 15 minutes Act II: 50 minutes Total show time: about 2 hours
Advisory: Contains strong language and mature themes

Neighborhoods change, but do people? This “ferociously smart” and “pulverizingly funny” satire reveals the lives in one house through 50 years of societal changes. The Washington Post calls it “one of the feistiest, funniest evenings in years.”

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From left: Christian Pedersen as Karl, Jessica Kitchens as Betsy, Jim Poulos as Jim, Roya Shanks as Bev, Kristen Adele as Francine, and Daniel Morgan Shelley as Albert in the Cleveland Play House production of Clybourne Park in the Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare, March 21-April 13, 2014. Photo by Taylor Crichton.

From left: Jim Poulos as Jim, Remi Sandri as Dan, Kristen Adele as Lena, Daniel Morgan Shelley as Kevin, and Jessica Kitchens as Lindsay in the Cleveland Play House production of Clybourne Park in the Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare, March 21-April 13, 2014. Photo by Taylor Crichton.

From left: Jessica Kitchens as Betsy, Christian Pedersen as Karl, Roya Shanks as Bev, and Jim Poulos as Jim in the Cleveland Play House production of Clybourne Park in the Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare, March 21-April 13, 2014. Photo by Taylor Crichton.

From left: Roya Shanks as Bev and Remi Sandri as Russ in the Cleveland Play House production of Clybourne Park in the Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare, March 21-April 13, 2014. Photo by Taylor Crichton.

Jim Poulos as Jim. Photo by Ken Huth.

From left: Kristen Adele as Lena, Daniel Morgan Shelley as Kevin, Jim Poulos as Tom, Jessica Kitchens as Lindsay, and Roya Shanks as Kathy. Photo by Ken Huth.

From left: Kristen Adele as Lena, Jim Poulos as Tom, and Daniel Morgan Shelley as Kevin. Photo by Ken Huth.

From left: Kristen Adele as Lena, Daniel Morgan Shelley as Kevin, Jim Poulos as Tom, Jessica Kitchens as Lindsay, and Christian Pedersen as Steve. Photo by Ken Huth.

From left: Christian Pedersen as Karl, Jim Poulos as Jim, Roya Shanks as Bev, Kristen Adele as Francine, and Daniel Morgan Shelley as Albert

From left: Roya Shanks as Bev, Kristen Adele as Francine, and Daniel Morgan Shelley as Albert. Photo by Ken Huth.

From left: Jim Poulos as Jim, Roya Shanks as Bev, Daniel Morgan Shelley as Albert, and Kristen Adele as Francine. Photo by Ken Huth.

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Kristen Adele

Kristen Adele

(Francine/Lena) appeared off-Broadway as Myrna in Myrna in Transit for Ensemble Studio Theatre. Regional theatre credits include Rachel in Jackie & Me for Denver Center Theatre Company; Ruth in A Raisin in the Sun at Clarence Brown Theatre; and Helen in Machinal, St. Monica in The Last Days of Judas more(Francine/Lena) appeared off-Broadway as Myrna in Myrna in Transit for Ensemble Studio Theatre. Regional theatre credits include Rachel in Jackie & Me for Denver Center Theatre Company; Ruth in A Raisin in the Sun at Clarence Brown Theatre; and Helen in Machinal, St. Monica in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and Undine in Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine for Rutgers Theatre Company. Her most recent television credits include CBS' Blue Bloods and Netflix’s Orange is the New Black. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. Adele originally hails from Dallas.

Bernard Bygott

Bernard Bygott

(Kenneth) recently portrayed both Antipholus twins in The Comedy of Errors and Posthumus in Cymbeline for Ohio Shakespeare Festival. His performances at Cleveland Play House include Clybourne Park, Yentl, A Carol for Cleveland, Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, and The Fagin Effect (reading). He has appeared in CWRU/CPH MFA Acting more(Kenneth) recently portrayed both Antipholus twins in The Comedy of Errors and Posthumus in Cymbeline for Ohio Shakespeare Festival. His performances at Cleveland Play House include Clybourne Park, Yentl, A Carol for Cleveland, Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, and The Fagin Effect (reading). He has appeared in CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program productions of Twelfth Night, Identity Theft, The Misanthrope and In Arabia We’d All Be Kings. Bygott originated the role of Calandrino in the opera Decameron at Prince Music Theater. Additional credits include American Shakespeare Center ('Tis Pity She's a Whore, The Comedy of Errors, All’s Well That Ends Well, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and others); Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival; Theater For The New City; Northern New England Repertory Theater Company; Quintessence Theatre Group; Storybook Musical Theatre; Ko Festival of Performance; Mum Puppettheatre; Glimmerglass Opera; International Opera Theater (Italy and U.S.); and The Little Orchestra Society at Lincoln Center. His Bachelor of Arts is from Amherst College, and he is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Mark Cuddy

Mark Cuddy

(Director) is in his nineteenth season as artistic director of Geva Theatre Center. Earlier this season, he directedPump Boys and Dinettes and his own adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Last season, he co-directed A Midsummer Night’s Dreamand directed The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, A Christmas Carol and You more(Director) is in his nineteenth season as artistic director of Geva Theatre Center. Earlier this season, he directedPump Boys and Dinettes and his own adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Last season, he co-directed A Midsummer Night’s Dreamand directed The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, A Christmas Carol and You Can’t Take It With You. Cuddy is well known for his staging of premieres, contemporary comedies and musical theatre. Among his Geva Theatre Center projects have been productions of Company; Superior Donuts; The Music Man; Five 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; the American premiere ofThat Was Then; the world premiere musical Convenience;1776; Proof; the world premiere of Thornton Wilder’s Theophilus North, which was also seen at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.; The Miser; East Coast premieres of both House andGarden; Quilters; Art; the world premiere musical Famous Orpheus with Garth Fagan Dance; Every Good Boy Deserves Favor with Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; Golf With Alan Shepard; Picasso at the Lapin Agile; and State of the Union. Cuddy has also recently been named Producer of The Cape Playhouse in Cape Cod, and serves on the national Board of Theatre Communications Groupe. Prior to his tenure at Geva Theatre Center, Cuddy directed a number of world and American classics as artistic director of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Sacramento Theatre Company.

Jessica Kitchens

Jessica Kitchens

(Betsy/Lindsay) has performed with American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) in A Christmas Caroland Once in a Lifetime; Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Pericles; California Shakespeare Theater, Blithe Spirit and Hamlet; The Magic Theatre, Mauritius and Monkey Room; Idaho Repertory Theatre, Noises Off and The Taming of the Shrew; The Jewish Theatre San more(Betsy/Lindsay) has performed with American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) in A Christmas Caroland Once in a Lifetime; Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Pericles; California Shakespeare Theater, Blithe Spirit and Hamlet; The Magic Theatre, Mauritius and Monkey Room; Idaho Repertory Theatre, Noises Off and The Taming of the Shrew; The Jewish Theatre San Francisco, The Floating Lightbulb; Shotgun Players, Blood Wedding, Cabaret and Love is a Dream House in Lorin; Woman's Will; foolsFURY; and Golden Thread, among others. She is both a graduate of A.C.T.’s Master of Fine Arts program and a recipient of the Maureen McKibben Alumni Fellowship Award. Kitchens is also winner of a 2011 Shenson Foundation Performing Arts Fellowship.

Christian Pedersen

Christian Pedersen

(Karl/Steve) has performed off-Broadway in Vieux Carré at The Pearl, Eternal Equinox at 59E59, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? for 3-Legged Dog and several off-off-Broadway shows including the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival rock-musical Mother Eve's Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood, which he also composed. Regional credits include more(Karl/Steve) has performed off-Broadway in Vieux Carré at The Pearl, Eternal Equinox at 59E59, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? for 3-Legged Dog and several off-off-Broadway shows including the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival rock-musical Mother Eve's Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood, which he also composed. Regional credits include Sleuth for Surflight Theatre, Saving Kitty and Dead Ringer for New Jersey Repertory Company, The Mousetrap for Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Barefoot in the Park for Arkansas Rep, Walking the Volcano for Vineyard, The Philadelphia Story for Ivoryton Playhouse, Dividing the Estate for People's Light & Theatre, The 39 Steps for Maltz Jupiter Theatre, and A View from the Bridgefor Gulfshore Playhouse. Film and Television includes Animal Husbandry, The Last American Guido, The Good Wife, Fringe, Damages, All My Children, Guiding Light, As the World Turns and One Life to Live. Pedersen is a graduate of the University of Richmond and The New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts.

Jim Poulos

Jim Poulos

(Jim/Tom) performed on Broadway as 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, Poulos has appeared at Geva Theatre Center as Bobby in Company, Mozart inAmadeus, Bobby in Urinetown, Ed more(Jim/Tom) performed on Broadway as 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, Poulos has appeared at Geva Theatre Center as Bobby in Company, Mozart inAmadeus, 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; Mozart in Amadeus at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Lt. Frank Cioffi in Curtains at Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities; 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 New Musical Comedy at Philadelphia Theatre Company, earning Poulos a Barrymore Award nomination. Poulos lives in New York City with his wife Director/Actor Melissa Rain Anderson and their cat Toby.

Remi Sandri

Remi Sandri

(Russ/Dan) appeared at Cleveland Play House inThe Kite Runner and Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure. Regional theatre includes The Caucasian Chalk Circle andMacbeth at Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Much Ado About Nothing and Pride and Prejudice at Arizona Theatre Company;The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Underpants, and The Foreignerat Cincinnati Playhouse more(Russ/Dan) appeared at Cleveland Play House inThe Kite Runner and Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure. Regional theatre includes The Caucasian Chalk Circle andMacbeth at Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Much Ado About Nothing and Pride and Prejudice at Arizona Theatre Company;The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Underpants, and The Foreignerat Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Art and Tuesdays With Morrie at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Arcadia andOthello at American Conservatory Theater; A Christmas Carol,A Chorus Line, House and Garden, My Fair Lady, and Camelotat Geva Theatre Center; King Lear at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts; A Flea in Her Ear, Three Days of Rain, andIphigenia at Aulis at San Jose Repertory Theatre; Someone to Watch Over Me, Violet and Under Milkwood at Theatreworks; and six seasons with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, among others. Television includes Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Deadline, and Conviction.

Roya Shanks

Roya Shanks

(Bev/Kathy) has performed off-Broadway with Abingdon Theatre Company, Urban Stages and Prospect Theater. She has 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 University and the Maggie more(Bev/Kathy) has performed off-Broadway with Abingdon Theatre Company, Urban Stages and Prospect Theater. She has 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 University and the Maggie Flanigan Studio in New York, Shanks has appeared on Gossip Girl, One Life to Live, As the World Turns and the feature filmsDogs Lie and the forthcoming The Longest Week. She works steadily in the world of voiceover.

Daniel Morgan Shelley

Daniel Morgan Shelley

(Albert/Kevin) previous to performing in Clybourne Park at Geva Theatre Center and Cleveland Play House, was seen as Athos in The Three Musketeers at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Other favorite credits include Romeo and Juliet and King Lear, also at HVSF, A Raisin in the Sun at Playmakers Repertory Company, more(Albert/Kevin) previous to performing in Clybourne Park at Geva Theatre Center and Cleveland Play House, was seen as Athos in The Three Musketeers at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Other favorite credits include Romeo and Juliet and King Lear, also at HVSF, A Raisin in the Sun at Playmakers Repertory Company, Find and Sign at Pioneer Theatre Company, The Insurgents at Contemporary American Theater Festival, The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller at The ArcLight, and Othello at Oberon Theatre Ensemble. Film credits include Brother On Low; television, Blue Bloods and Law & Order. Shelley trained at The Juilliard School. No Day But Today!

John Godbout

(Stage Manager) was Cleveland Play House's resident stage manager from 2001 to 2008 and returned to CPH in the fall of 2011. This past summer, he returned for season 2 of Tantrum Theater in Dublin, Ohio to stage manage Caroline, or Change. John has also stage managed at North more(Stage Manager) was Cleveland Play House's resident stage manager from 2001 to 2008 and returned to CPH in the fall of 2011. This past summer, he returned for season 2 of Tantrum Theater in Dublin, Ohio to stage manage Caroline, or Change. John has also stage managed at North Shore Music Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, The Weston Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Northern Stage, and Seaside Music Theatre.

Tom Humes

(Assistant Stage Manager) returns to Cleveland Play House where previous stage management work includes These Mortal Hosts, Between Riverside and Crazy, The Mountaintop, The Little Foxes, and Grounded. Assistant stage management work at CPH includes Shakespeare in Love, How I Learned to Drive, All the Way, Steel Magnolias, Ken Ludwig’s more(Assistant Stage Manager) returns to Cleveland Play House where previous stage management work includes These Mortal Hosts, Between Riverside and Crazy, The Mountaintop, The Little Foxes, and Grounded. Assistant stage management work at CPH includes Shakespeare in Love, How I Learned to Drive, All the Way, Steel Magnolias, Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Maurice Hines Is Tappin Thru Life, Clybourne Park, Breath and Imagination, A Christmas Story, Woody Sez, Lombardi, and A Night With Janis Joplin. Selected area stage management credits include Rock of Ages, Godspell, The Frogs, Smokey Joe's Café, Avenue Q, Pippin, and Oliver! (Cain Park); Le Nozze di Figaro and Cosi Fan Tutte (The Cleveland Orchestra); Tosca, La Boheme, and Lucia Di Lammermoor (Opera Cleveland); Caroline, or Change (Dobama Theatre and Karamu House); and History Boys (Beck Center for the Arts). He is a proud member of both Actors' Equity Association and International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a minor in Mathematics from Bowling Green State University.

Lindsay Jones

(Sound Designer) is pleased to return to Cleveland Play House after working on last season’s production of Clybourne Park as well as Ten Chimneys and My Name Is Asher Lev. His Broadway credits include Bronx Bombers and A Time to Kill. Off-Broadway credits include Bootycandy, Playwrights Horizons; Mr. Joy, more(Sound Designer) is pleased to return to Cleveland Play House after working on last season’s production of Clybourne Park as well as Ten Chimneys and My Name Is Asher Lev. His Broadway credits include Bronx Bombers and A Time to Kill. Off-Broadway credits include Bootycandy, Playwrights Horizons; Mr. Joy, LCT3; Wild with Happy, The Public Theater; Top Secret, New York Theatre Workshop; Rx, Primary Stages and many others. Regionally, he has designed for theaters such as Arena Stage, Guthrie Theater, Hartford Stage, Alliance Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Festival, Steppenwolf, Lookingglass Theatre Company and many others. International credits include Stratford Shakespeare Festival (Canada) and Royal Shakespeare Company (England), as well as productions in Austria, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Scotland. Awards include seven Joseph Jefferson Awards and 21 nominations, two Ovation Awards and three nominations, LA Drama Critics Circle Award and three Drama Desk Award nominations, as well as nominations for Helen Hayes, Barrymore and many others. Film scoring credits include Magnolia Pictures’ The Brass Teapot and HBO Films’ A Note of Triumph (2006 Academy Award, Best Documentary).

G. W. Mercier

(Scenic and Costume Designer) returns to Cleveland Play House where he designed the set and costumes for Touch the Names: Letters to the Vietnam Memorial, conceived by Randal Myler with original music by Chic Street Man. New York credits include Old Hats, starring Bill Irwin, David Shiner and Nellie McKay, more(Scenic and Costume Designer) returns to Cleveland Play House where he designed the set and costumes for Touch the Names: Letters to the Vietnam Memorial, conceived by Randal Myler with original music by Chic Street Man. New York credits include Old Hats, starring Bill Irwin, David Shiner and Nellie McKay, which is transferring to Broadway after an off-Broadway run; 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 and Real Adventures; You Don’t Miss the Water; The Waiting Room; Bed and 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. He has designed many productions for Geva Theatre Center, where he is an affiliate artist.

Bruce Norris

(Playwright) is an actor and writer whose plays include The Actor Retires, The Vanishing Twin, The Infidel, Purple Heart, We All Went Down to Amsterdam, The Pain and the Itch, and The Unmentionables among others. He is the recipient of a 2011 Pulitzer Prize and an Olivier Award for more(Playwright) is an actor and writer whose plays include The Actor Retires, The Vanishing Twin, The Infidel, Purple Heart, We All Went Down to Amsterdam, The Pain and the Itch, and The Unmentionables among others. He is the recipient of a 2011 Pulitzer Prize and an Olivier Award for Clybourne Park, the 2006 Whiting Foundation Prize for Drama, as well as two Joseph Jefferson Awards for Best New Work and a Kesselring Prize Honorable Mention. As an actor he can be seen in the films A Civil Action and The Sixth Sense. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Ann G. Wrightson

(Lighting Designer) is pleased to be returning to Cleveland Play House where she designed Clybourne Park last season. Ann designed the Broadway production of Souvenir and was a Tony nominee for her work on Tony Award-winning August: Osage County, which she designed for Broadway, London, Sydney and the National Tour. more(Lighting Designer) is pleased to be returning to Cleveland Play House where she designed Clybourne Park last season. Ann designed the Broadway production of Souvenir and was a Tony nominee for her work on Tony Award-winning August: Osage County, which she designed for Broadway, London, Sydney and the National Tour. Recent projects include Good People, Geva Theatre Center; The Game’s Afoot and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Indiana Repertory Theatre; and Oklahoma!, Fiddler on the Roof and Anna Karenina, Portland Center Stage. Past projects include The Unmentionables, Yale Repertory Theatre; Tracy Letts’ The Man From Nebraska, Steppenwolf; and ten seasons at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Other work has been seen at Arena Stage, The Alliance and Eugene O'Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference. Awards include a 2009 IRNE Award for Best Lighting for Fences at Huntington Theatre and a Backstage Garland Award, for Magic Fire at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

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