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Good Theater to open 12th season Oct. 2 with Tony Award-winner [Sun Journal (Lewiston, ME)]

September 11, 2013

YellowBrix

PORTLAND -- Good Theater will kick off its 12th season with the 2012 Tony Award-winning Best Play "Clybourne Park" by Bruce Norris, playing October 2-27, at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress Street.

"Clybourne Park" was written in response to Lorraine Hansberry's award-winning play "A Raisin in the Sun" (1959). It portrays fictional events set before and after the Hansberry play and is loosely based on historical events based in the city of Chicago.

"Clybourne Park" explodes in two outrageous acts set 50 years apart. Act 1 takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act 2 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.

The Good Theater production stars Stephen Underwood, Amy Roche, Mark Rubin and Noelle LuSane. Newcomers to Good Theater Lucas O'Neill, Bari Robinson and local Equity actress Sally Wood also star in this seven-actor dramatic comedy. Brian P. Allen directs the production. The complicated set design is by Stephen Underwood, with costume design by Justin Cote and lighting design by Iain Odlin. Craig Robinson serves as the assistant technical director and Justin Cote is the production stage manager.

"Clybourne Park" will play at 7 p.m. Wednesdays* ($20); 7 p.m. Thursdays ($20); 7:30 p.m. Fridays ($25); 3 p.m. Saturday* ($25); 7:30 p.m. Saturday ($28); 2 p.m. Sundays ($28). *Wednesdays Oct. 2 and Oct. 9; 3 p.m. Saturdays Oct. 19 and 26.

In addition to "Clybourne Park" Good Theater will offer the Maine premiere of A.R. Gurney's "The Grand Manner" Nov. 6-24, the Portland premiere of "Becky's New Car" by Steven Dietz Jan. 29-Feb. 23 and the New England premiere of "The Outgoing Tide" by Bruce Norris March 5-30, plus the company will present its annual Broadway at Good Theater concerts Dec. 5-8. Season tickets are currently on sale for the four mainstage productions with prices starting at $60 for the four shows.

For more information, call Good Theater at 207-885-5885 or visit www.goodtheater.com.

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