Theater Program Continues 2018-2019 Season with Award-Winning Clybourne Park

By Tom McLaughlin

The Rutgers University–Camden theater program will continue its 2018-19 season with Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park.

The production – directed by Kenneth Elliott, an associate professor and chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Rutgers–Camden – will run from Wednesday, Feb. 13, to Sunday, Feb. 17 in the Walter K. Gordon Theater on the Rutgers­–Camden campus.

Evening performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. A special high school matinee will be held at 10 a.m. Friday and a matinee performance will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, Clybourne Park is a witty and satirical take on issues of race and gentrification in America.

Inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s classic 1959 drama A Raisin in the Sun, the play is set in the suburban Chicago house in a segregated white neighborhood that the black family in Hansberry’s play has purchased. Act I takes place just after the sale in 1959 and Act II is 50 years later in the same house.

“Bruce Norris is one of our most important contemporary playwrights because he never shies away from dramatizing sensitive, controversial, or dangerous subjects,” says Elliott. “Clybourne Park is a hilarious comedy that will seriously challenge audiences’ comfort zone.”

The Clybourne Park cast of Rutgers–Camden student-actors each play a character from 1959 in Act I and one from 2009 in Act II. Student-actors include Anthony Diaz of Cherry Hill as Jim/Tom/Kenneth, Keith Schlapfer of Point Pleasant as Albert/Kevin, Matthew Giacomelli of Vineland as Karl/Steve, Sarah D’Agostino of Haddon Township as Betsy/Lindsey, Brittany Onukwugha of Willingboro as Francine/Lena, Jenna Sharples of Berwyn as Bev/Kathy, and Gordon J Malkowski III of Asbury Park as Russ/Dan.

Tickets are $12 for general admission; $10 for faculty, staff, and alumni; and $8 for students. They can be purchased one hour prior to show times at the Walter K. Gordon Theater, or in advance at the Impact Booth in the Campus Center or by phone at (856) 225-6211.

The Walter K. Gordon Theater is located in the Fine Arts Complex at 314 Linden Street on the Rutgers−Camden campus. For directions to Rutgers–Camden, visit camden.rutgers.edu/visit.

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