About the Show
A white community in 1950’s Chicago splinters over the black family about to move in. Fast-forward to our present day, and the same house represents very different demographics as we climb through the looking-glass of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic A Raisin in the Sun. These hilarious and horrifying neighbors pitch a battle over territory and legacy that reveals how far our ideas about race and gentrification have evolved—or have they?
What people are saying about
“Marvelous, the best work I’ve seen at Woolly.”
—The Washington Post
“The best ensemble acting I have ever seen.”
—DC Theatre Scene
“Flexes its muscle through the politics of language and the tapestry of historical realism to tactfully portray race relations.”
—Brightest Young Things
—MD Theatre Guide
“Articulates brilliantly, wittily, and painfully our inability to talk about race.”
“An instant hit."
"Simply remarkable…do not miss this show."
Clybourne Park in the news:
The Washington Post
The New York Times
Photo by Jason Hawkes
Clybourne Park explores the evolution of race relations and urban development over the past half-century in America by imagining the conflicts surrounding an African American family that purchases a house in a white neighborhood in 1959, and then the re-design of that house in “post-racial” 2009.
While Clybourne Park is an actual neighborhood in Chicago, the play makes no direct reference to its geography, and Woolly believes Clybourne Park is highly reflective of the changes happening to neighborhoods throughout the DC metropolitan area and across the country. We tested this idea with audiences during our initial run of the play in March 2010, and the response we received overwhelmingly let us know that we were on the right trail—that Clybourne Park servesas a mirror reflecting the changing faces of our neighborhoods and our city.
To continue this conversation, Woolly Mammoth has created a variety of opportunities for DC audiences to investigate the social and political implications of this provocative work of art, and how they reflect the changes we see happening around us every day.
What is the story of your community? How is it being told? Who’s doing the telling? Join the conversation about the District around Clybourne Park.
Woolly has enhanced and expanded its regularly scheduled discussion series to engage in more intimate dialogue with its audiences. We’ve invited special guests from across the Metro area working in fields like urban development, conflict resolution, and cross-cultural dialogue to serve as “Community Catalysts” for our post-show discussions. Each guest joins a Woolly facilitator on stage immediately after a performance to jump-start an audience-wide conversation by sharing their personal reflections on the show and its themes. Audience Exchanges are scheduled to follow all evening performances of Clybourne Park (Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays).
Town hall-style discussions featuring a panel of special guests who will share their insights and explore a topic the production examines. Attend the matinee performance and then stay for the Mammoth Forum, or come that afternoon just for the Forum. Mammoth Forums are scheduled to follow Sunday matinees of Clybourne Park and last approximately one hour.
Dynamic dialogues featuring local artists from a range of disciplines that are creating work which examines aspects of their community. Artistic Forums are scheduled to follow Saturday matinees of Clybourne Park and last approximately one hour.
- Thursday, July 21 following the 8pm performance
Audience Exchange featuring David Hilfiker, author of Urban Injustice: How Ghettos Happen and founder of Joseph’s House
- Friday, July 22 following the 8pm performance
Audience Exchange featuring cast members of Clybourne Park
- Saturday, July 23 following the 3pm performance:
Artistic Forum featuring Danny Harris, writer and photographer, People’s District
- Saturday, July 23 following the 8pm performance
Audience Exchange featuring Sarah Browning, Director of Split This Rock and
Kenny Carroll, poet, playwright, and author.
- Sunday, July 24 following the 2pm performance
Audience Exchange featuring Howell S. Baum, professor at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and author of Brown in Baltimore; School Desegregation and the Limits of Liberalism
- Sunday, July 24 following the 7pm performance
Audience Exchange featuring Dr. Sheri Parks, Professor at American University, author of Fierce Angels and host of NPR’s Clear Reception with Sheri Parks
- Wednesday, July 27 following the 8pm performance
featuring Erricka Bridgeford, Director of Training at Community Mediation Maryland
- Thursday, July 28 following the 8pm performance
Audience Exchange featuring Anna Raven- Hansen, YWCA Board Member and Co-chair of the YWCA’s Social Justice Advisory Board of the YWCA National Capital Area community
- Friday, July 29 following the 8pm performance
Audience Exchange featuring Kristin Leahey, Production Dramaturg on Woolly’s 2010 production of Clybourne Park
- Saturday, July 30 following the 3pm performance:
Artistic Forum featuring DC musician Head-Roc who performs with GODISHEUS and also serves as the Arts Ambassador for Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts
- Saturday, July 30 following the 8pm performance
Audience Exchange Andy Shallal, artist, activist, restaurateur, owner of Busboys and Poets
- Sunday, July 31 following the 3pm performance
Mammoth Forum “Media as Storyteller”
How does the local media tell the story of the changing faces of our city? What determines who’s story gets front page coverage and why? How is the story shifting and why? What role does social media play in this? Special guests will include:
- Wednesday, August 3 following the 8pm performance
Audience Exchange featuring James Sykes, member of the US Vets Inc community
- Thursday, August 4 following the 8pm performance
Audience Exchange featuring Elahe Izadi reporter for WAMU’s Dcentric
- Friday, August 5 following the 8pm performance
Audience Exchange featuring Sylvia Robinson, General Manager of Emergence Community Arts Collective
- Saturday, August 6 following the 3pm performance:
Artistic Forum Tendani Mpulubusi, documentary filmmaker (“Barry Farm: Past and Present”)
- Saturday, August 6 following the 8pm performance
Audience Exchange featuring Antoinette Ford, Marialice Williams, and Robert Newkirk of the Double Nickels Theatre Company
- Sunday, August 7 following the 3pm performance
Mammoth Forum “Gentrification is…”
examining a range of perspectives on gentrification, to begin touching on the complexities of the issue as it is playing out in the DC area.
- Justin Maher, PhD candidate in American Studies at the University of Maryland
- Edward Jones, long-time resident of Bloomingdale neighborhood
- dany sigwalt, third-generation Washingtonian, youth worker, filmmaker and interactive/web artist
- Sunday, August 7 following the 7:30pm performance
Audience Exchange with guest to be announced
- Wednesday, August 10 following the 8pm performance
Audience Exchange featuring Robin Dull, Trial Attorney in the Housing section of the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
- Thursday, August 11 following the 8pm performance
Audience Exchange featuring Aaron Jenkins, Program Director at Operation Understanding DC
- Friday, August 12 following the 8pm performance
Audience Exchange featuring Izetta Mobley, 5th generation Washintonian and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland
- Saturday, August 13 following the 3pm performance
Artistic Forum featuring Abel Lopez, Artistic Director of GALA Hispanic Theatre
- Saturday, August 13 following the 8pm performance
Audience Exchange featuring Autumn Saxon-Ross, Ph.D. and health activist in Bloomingdale
- Sunday, August 14 following the 3pm performance
“What do you work for?”
What do you want Clybourne Park to look like 50 years from now? This discussion will highlight a number of guests working in this city for change with a specific vision for the future betterment of the community. Special guests will include:
- Sunday, August 14 following the 7:30pm performance
Audience Exchange featuring Secretary Shaun Donovan, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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The Woolly Blog will be updated three times a week during the run of Clybourne Park:
On Tuesdays we’ll explore some current events related to race and gentrification in DC. On Wednesdays, check out our “neighborhood spotlight,” which will include history, fun facts, and photos from past and present about a neighborhood from each quadrant in DC. On Fridays, we’ll feature a guest who will participate in a post-show panel in the upcoming weekend.
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Radio Woolly is Woolly’s very own radio station—all episodes are available for download on iTunes. Surrounding Clybourne Park we will produce the series ‘Conversations Between Neighbors,’ which explores the ways that members of a community interact and the dialogue that goes on between them
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n the last podcast of our series around Clybourne Park, Claire Timmons, Aunt to Claque member Susan Timmons, talks with Susan and Rachel Grossman about living in Southwest DC.
Fifth-Generation Washingtonian Izetta Mobley shares all her great passion for the District—from deep love to frustration—with Connectivity Director Rachel Grossman.
Why would you move into a neighborhood where everyone looks different from you? As Woolly prepares to open Clybourne Park, staff members Augie and Rachel speak with Rachel’s neighbors about the changing faces of their community in DC’s Petworth neighborhood. (rebroadcast from Season 30's production)
To kick off our podcast series around the remount of Clybourne Park, Rachel Grossman talked with recent UMD Ph.D. graduate Justin Maher about his exploration of the development in Columbia Heights and conversations between neighbors about diversity.
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For a PDF of the Clybourne Park playbill, click here.
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BRUCE NORRIS (playwright) is a writer and actor whose play The Unmentionables was produced at Woolly Mammoth in 2007. His other plays include The Infidel (2000), Purple Heart (2002), We All Went Down to Amsterdam (2003), The Pain and the Itch (2004), and A Parallelogram (2010), all of which had their premieres at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. His adaptation of Joe Orton’s Up Against It (1994) and The Vanishing Twin (1996) were seen at Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre. His work has also been produced at Philadelphia Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons, The Royal Court Theatre (London), and The Galway Festival (Ireland). He is the recipient of a Steinberg Playwright Award (2009), the Whiting Foundation Prize for Drama (2006), two Joseph Jefferson Awards (Chicago) for Best New Work, and the Kesselring Prize, Honorable Mention (2006). As an actor, he has appeared in the films A Civil Action, and The Sixth Sense, and the upcoming All Good Things. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
HOWARD SHALWITZ (Director, Woolly Mammoth Artistic Director) was co-founder of Woolly Mammoth and for 30 years has led the company on a unique path, focused on new plays that ask provocative questions, introduce fresh voices, and challenge theatrical convention. Both a director and an actor, Howard is one of the few artists to receive multiple Helen Hayes Award nominations in both categories. At Woolly he has directed nearly thirty plays including Fever/Dream, Measure for Pleasure, She Stoops to Comedy, and The Faculty Room, and appeared in The Gigli Concert, Lenny & Lou, and Rocket to the Moon, to mention just a few. He has directed for major New York and regional companies including Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, Arena Stage, and Milwaukee Rep, and performed with Studio Arena, Soho Rep, New Jersey Shakespeare, and many more. A native of Buffalo, Howard studied philosophy at Wesleyan University and received a Masters in Teaching from Brown University before launching his theatre career in New York in 1975.
CAST & PRODUCTION
CHRIS DINOLFO (Kenneth) is a DC based actor. Credits include Synetic Theater: Berlioz in The Master and Margarita; Solas Nua: Johnny Meister in Johnny Meister and The Stitch; The Folger Theatre: Prince John and Francis in Henry IV, Part 1; Studio Theatre and Studio Theatre 2ndStage: The History Boys and Eddie in All That I Will Ever Be; The Kennedy Center: Nobody’s Perfect, Unleashed! The Secret Lives of White House Pets; The Shakespeare Theatre Company: The Alchemist, The Imaginary Invalid; The Keegan Theatre: Jack in The Importance of Being Earnest, Mojo in Mojo Mickybo, Bernard in Death of a Salesman, Harry in Elizabeth Rex; Maryland Shakespeare Festival: Proteus in The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
KIMBERLY GILBERT (Betsy/Lindsey) is returning to Woolly after many productions, including In the Next Room or the vibrator play, Fever/Dream, Boom, Measure for Pleasure, The K of D, Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis, Big Death Little Death, and Cooking With Elvis. When she’s not under the Woolly roof she can be found being a Taffety Punk, a Tryster, and part-timing with The Army of Darkness. She is also a proud graduate of Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy For Classical Acting.
MICHAEL GLENN (Jim/Tom) has been a Washington-based actor for the last ten years and has performed at over a dozen area theaters in nearly fifty productions. Some favorites include Longacre Lea: The Hothouse, Power of the Dog, Dumb Waiter, Dogg's Hamlet/Cahoot's Macbeth; Folger Shakespeare Theatre: Arcadia, Twelfth Night; Signature Theatre: The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Fallen From Proust; Washington Stage Guild:Man of Destiny, O'Flaherty V.C., The Underpants, A Skull in Connemara, Major Barbara; ACTCo: Blood Knot, As You Like It.
MITCHELL HÉBERT (Russ/Dan) is a long-time company member at Woolly where he was last seen in House of Gold. His many credits at Woolly include: The Gigli Concert, Patience, Kvetch, The Clean House, and Clybourne Park. He has performed at many of the DC area’s leading theatres, including: Round House Theatre, where he is a member of its Artist’s Round Table; Olney Theatre Center, where he directed the critically acclaimed production of Rabbit Hole; Shakespeare Theatre Company; Studio Theatre; Theatre of the First Amendment; Rep Stage; and Everyman Theatre in Baltimore. Upcoming projects include Charming Billy at Round House Theatre, and ART at Signature Theatre. He has been nominated for a Helen Hayes Award (Outstanding Lead Actor/The Drawer Boy) and received the Greater Baltimore Theatre Award for Outstanding Actor/Uncle Vanya. Mitchell is on the faculty of the University of Maryland’s School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, where he is a Professor of Acting and Directing.
JENNIFER MENDENHALL (Bev/Kathy) has been a Woolly Company Member since 1988; her Woolly shows include Measure for Pleasure, Dead Man's Cell Phone, Grace, Lenny and Lou, Homebody/Kabul (with Theatre J), Cooking With Elvis, The Day Room, Good Night Desdemona…, David’s Red-Haired Death, The Rocky Horror Show, The Gene Pool, Savage in Limbo, Aunt Dan and Lemon, and many others. She also had the pleasure of directing John Strand’s The Cockburn Rituals, Christi Stewart-Brown’s Morticians in Love, and Wallace Shawn’s The Fever, featuring Howard Shalwitz. Recent shows elsewhere include Studio Theatre: Circle Mirror Transformation; Forum: Angels in America; Arena Stage: Legacy of Light; Solas Nua: Woman and Scarecrow; Theatre J: The Accident; Studio Theatre Second Stage: A Beautiful View and Crestfall; Theater Alliance: Ambition Facing West, The Monument, You Are Here, Slaughter City; Humana Festival: dark play, or stories for boys...; Florida Stage: Cradle of Man. She has also appeared at The Kennedy Center, Shakespeare Theatre Company and MetroStage, among others. She has received the Washington Theatre Lobby Award and the Helen Hayes Award, and is a member of Actor’s Equity Association. As Kate Reading, she is an audiobook narrator. She lives in Hyattsville with her husband, Michael Kramer, and their two children, Henry and Vivian.
CODY NICKELL (Karl/Steve) has appeared in several shows in Washington DC, including Folger Theatre: Macbeth, School For Scandal, Arcadia (Helen Hayes Nomination); Shakespeare Theatre: Romeo and Juliet. In New York he has appeared at Cherry Lane, The New York Fringe, The Mac Wellman Festival, The Kraine Theater, and numerous workshops at The Lark, Lincoln Center Theater, Ars Nova, and Epic Theater, to name a few. He has done regional work at Portland Center Stage, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, San Jose Rep, Playmakers Rep, Capital Rep, Two River Theater, Arden Theatre, Wilma Theater, Stamford Theatre Works (Connecticut Critics Circle Award), Barrington Stage. TV and Film credits include That 70’s Show, Celebrity Death Match, All My Children, Guiding Light, The Conan O’Brien Show, and the film Dorian Blues. Cody is a graduate of The Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. www.codynickell.com
JEFFERSON A. RUSSELL (Albert/Kevin) has appeared with many companies including Shakespeare Theatre Company, Ford's Theatre, Imagination Stage, Young Playwrights' Theatre, The Kennedy Center, NC Shakespeare Festival, and Rep Stage. Credits include HBO's The Wire; NBC's Homicide; Cedric in David Emerson Toney's The Soul Collector; Citizen Barlow in Gem of the Ocean; Everyman Theatre: Lovborg in Hedda Gabler; Roundhouse Theatre: Scanlon in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Zachariah in Blood Knot, Walter Lee in A Raisin in the Sun; African Continuum Theatre: Grant Wiggins in A Lesson Before Dying; Baltimore's Arena Players: Frank in Flyin' West; Malcolm X in The Meeting; Cephus in Home, and Wendal in Before It Hits Home. Jefferson has a BA in Sociology/Criminal Justice from Hampton University, is a former Baltimore Police Officer, and is a founding member of Galvanize.
DAWN URSULA (Francine/Lena), a Woolly Company Member, has been seen here in Eclipsed, The Unmentionables by Bruce Norris, The Velvet Sky, and Starving. Other credits include Everyman Theatre: Two Rooms, Doubt, Gem of the Ocean, Yellowman (2005 Greater Baltimore Theatre Award for Outstanding Actress), Much Ado About Nothing and Light up the Sky; Shakespeare Theatre ACA: 'Tis Pity She's a Whore and Much Ado About Nothing; Baltimore Shakespeare Festival: Kate in Taming of the Shrew; Rep Stage: Butterfingers Angel… and Anna Lucasta; ACTCo: Joe Turner’s Come and Gone; True Colors: Flyin’ West; and The Kennedy Center: Shear Madness, Mermaids, Monsters…, and Unleashed…. TV credits include HBO’s The Wire and the PBS documentary, Prince Among Slaves. Other awards include Baltimore City Paper's 2008 “Best Actress” Award and 2005 Best Production for Yellowman. Dawn received her B.A. from UVA and her M.F.A. from The Shakespeare Theatre’s Academy for Classical Acting (GWU), is also a founding member of Galvanize.
JAMES KRONZER (Set Designer) is a veteran designer with Woolly Mammoth. His previous shows here include Maria/Stuart and The Unmentionables (Helen Hayes nomination) among others. Recent shows in the area include Studio Theatre: The Solid Gold Cadillac; Olney Theatre Center: The Glass Menagerie; Round House Theatre: The Picture of Dorian Gray; Signature Theatre: Sweeney Todd and Showboat; the Washington Ballet: Cinderella; and Shakespeare Theatre Company:The Beaux Stratagem. His regional work has been seen at Arden Theatre, Denver Center, Playmakers, Wilma Theater, Pioneer Theatre, Clarence Brown, and in New York Broadway: Glory Days; Primary Stages: Opus; Zipper Theatre: Under the Bridge. His national tours include The Wizard of Oz, Seussical the Musical, Showboat, Big, and Damn Yankees. He has also designed a new musical for Disney called Twice Charmed. Jim has received the Helen Hayes Award eight times and is also a recipient of two Barrymore Awards in Philadelphia. He is a member of United Scenic Artists.
HELEN HUANG (Costume Designer) has designed costumes at Woolly Mammoth for Measure for Pleasure, Stunning, The Unmentionables, Current Nobody, Homebody/Kabul, and The Velvet Sky. Her other design credits include work at The Guthrie Theater, The Children’s Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Disney Creative Entertainment, and Boston Lyric Opera, among others. Helen has also designed for several DC-area theatres, including Studio Theatre, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Olney Theatre Center, The Kennedy Center, and Theatre of the First Amendment. She is a recipient of a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Costume Design and the Ivey Award in Minneapolis. She is a professor in the MFA Costume Design Program in the Department of Theatre at the University of Maryland, College Park.
COLIN K. BILLS (Lighting Designer) is an Associate Artist with the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, where he has lit over twenty productions, including Gruesome Playground Injuries, Clybourne Park, Full Circle, Eclipsed, Fever Dream, Stunning, The Unmentionables, Dead Man’s Cell Phone and The Clean House. His designs have been seen at The Berkshire Theater Festival, CENTERSTAGE, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Didactic Theatre, Everyman Theatre, Forum Theatre, Imagination Stage, Intiman Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Maryland Stage, Metro Stage, Olney Theatre Center, Round House Theatre, The Smithsonian Institution, Signature Theatre, Studio Theatre, Synetic Theatre, Theatre for the First Amendment, Theater J, Tsunami Theatre, Vermont’s Northern Stage, the Washington Revels, and The Williamstown Theatre Festival. Mr. Bills has won two Helen Hayes Awards, for his designs of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Dead Man’s Cell Phone. He is a 2009 recipient of a Princess Grace Fellowship in Theater, and is a graduate of Dartmouth College. He shares his life with his beautiful wife Rachel.
MATT OTTO (Sound Designer) recent design credits include The K of D at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; Benidictus, The Price and 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother for Theater J; Black Nativity, Five Flights, and Woman Who Amuses Herself for Theatre Alliance; Momia En El Closet: The Return of Eva Perón and El Mejor Alcalde El Rey at GALA Hispanic Theatre; Go Dog Go, Strega Nona, Holes, Frosty the Snowman, and Harold and the Purple Crayon for Adventure Theatre; Lyle the Crocodile and As You Like It at Imagination Stage; Kafka’s Dick and House of Yes for Washington Shakespeare Company; Olney Theatre’s productions of Cinderella and Her Three Sisters and Godspell; and Seascape, Eccentricities of a Nightingale, and Ah, Wilderness! at American Century Theater. Some of Matt’s assistant credits are Barrio Grrrl at the Kennedy Center’s Family Theatre; Three Changes at Playwrights Horizons; Les Miserables and The Lieutenant of Inishmore for Signature Theatre; Measure for Pleasure, Stunning, Current Nobody, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and Vigils at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; Ambition Facing West, In On It, and Insurrection: Holding History for Theatre Alliance; and The Tempest for Folger Shakespeare Theatre. Matt Otto received his degree in Sound Design from Boston University. For more details, please go to www.mattottosound.com.
Wednesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm & 8pm, Sunday at 3pm; Sunday, July 24th at 2pm & 7pm
Special performance dates:
- Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC): Thursday, July 21st,
Tickets sold at 6pm each evening, two per person, cash/check only.
Lines begin forming around 5pm. Performances typically sell
Prices start at $30. Prices subject to change.
Please be aware that tickets for Clybourne Park are sold out. Cancellations may result in tickets becoming available on our website, but please be advised that this show has sold through all standard seated tickets. Some standing room tickets may be available; all standing room ticket holders will stand along the rail at the rear of the house for the entire performance. These tickets are not seated.
Woolly makes approximately ten or more side balcony seats available for all subscription series performances (exceptions: special performances, VIP, and opening nights) at $15 each. They are sold two hours prior to showtime, on a first-come, first-served basis, 2 per person. Subject to the availability of a given performance.
Cody Nickell, Kimberly Gilbert, and Mitchell Hébert in
Clybourne Park (2010)
Woolly Mammoth would like to
thank the following patrons
for their generous support of Clybourne Park:
Don & Nancy Bliss
Lorraine E. Chickering
Bob & Mary Lou McGee
Chuck & Jenny Lawson
Irene & Alan Wurtzel
Judy & Leo Zickler
Show Art Concept & Design:
Carolyn Sewell Design
Jefferson A. Russell and Dawn Ursula in Clybourne Park (2010)