Monday, April 1, 2013



New Haven's Long Wharf Theatre is inviting the theater going public to enroll in an investigative series of conversations about "Clybourne Park" coming soon to the stage.  The program is entitled "SPARK" and it is designed to shed light and uncover insights into the production, led by Associate Director Eric Ting who is in charge of the show's run from May 8 to June 2.

"Clybourne Park" by Bruce Norris has garnered Tony Awards, Olivier Awards, the Evening Standard Award, and that most envied and admired Pulitzer Prize.  It begins where "A Raisin in the Sun" leaves off, setting its first act in 1959 with a black family hoping to own a home truly their own.  Unfortunately the white neighborhood is not ready to roll out a red carpet of welcome and tries, instead, to block the sale.

Act 2 takes place in the same house fifty years later when the real estate situation has reversed.  The black family who own the house, a property that has suffered over the decades, is being hassled over the prospect of selling to a white family.  Their African-American neighbors strenuously object.

Let Eric Ting open doors and windows into the racial issues and the real estate market in this Chicago community in a series of four sessions, beginning Tuesday, April 9 from 7-8:30 p.m. with First Rehearsal to hear his thoughts on the production, meet the cast and hear design presentations.  On Tuesday, April 23 the Actor's Craft will be discussed from 7-8:30 p.m., focusing on the art and craft of acting and how to create true characters on stage.  Session 3, on Saturday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. is a Technical Rehearsal, to witness how all the pieces come together on stage.  Finally on Tuesday, May 21 from 5-6:30 p.m. is the Post-Mortem to take a look back and explore the challenges and revelations of the production.

To register ($50), and receive a copy of the play, call Long Wharf Theatre at 203-787-4282 or online at  The nominal fee will support the theatre's continued mission to produce new works for the American stage.

Let Eric Ting guide you across the threshold of 406 Clybourne Street and reveal its architecture that alternately conceals and reveals a fair share of bigotry and hypocrisy in its wall boards.

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