Clybourne Park
by Penfold Theatre Company

May. 26 - Jun. 05, 2016

Set in the world of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, Clybourne Park is a razor-sharp new satire that takes a hilarious, yet unflinching look at race and real estate in America. Its explosive combination of ferocious truth-telling and laugh out loud entertainment has not only garnered a list of supreme honors – including the Tony Award, Olivier Award and Pulitzer Prize for best new play – but has made it one of the most highly produced American plays of the 21st century.

The first act opens on a house in the fictional neighborhood of Clybourne Park. It is 1959, and community leaders are anxiously trying to block the sale of the home to what would be the area’s first African American family. In act two, fifty years have passed, and the tables have turned. It is now 2009, and Clybourne Park is predominantly black. A white family has purchased the house and neighbors are battling to keep the tide of gentrification at bay.

Clybourne Park is written by Bruce Norris and directed by Nathan Jerkins. 



Meet the cast of Clybourne Park


Steve Price. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a Masters of Fine Arts degree, Steve performed in New York and later in San Antonio, where he co-founded the San Antonio Public Theatre. Since returning from a fifteen year hiatus from the stage in 2013, Steve has been seen in Austin in The Pillowman, All's Well That Ends Well, Richard II and Gusev.

Babs George has been acting professionally on stage and screen for over 30 years. She is creator and director of The State School of Acting (now Actor's School), adjunct theatre professor at Texas State and Southwestern Universities and company member of Austin Playhouse. She has appeared recently with Austin Playhouse, Zach Theatre, Austin Shakespeare, TexArts, Theatre en Bloc, Breakting String Theatre and others.

Rob Matney is Co-founder and Technology Director of Whrligig Productions, Technology Director of Hidden Room Theatre, Board Trustee of Austin Shakespeare and Co-founder of the Bedlam Faction. A veteran of Austin theatre stages, he has appeared recently in The History of King Lear, Thr3e Zisters, Invisible Inc, Rose Rage and Uncle Vanya. You can also hear Rob's voice as Doctor Psycho in the video game DC Universe Online.

Lizzie Beckham has performed extensively in New York and across the country with companies like the National Shakespeare Company, New England Shakespeare Festival, New York Classical Theatre and Shakespeare Santa Monica. Here in Austin, Lizzie has been seen recently in productions like The History of King Lear, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, As You Like It, Pride and Prejudice, Arcadia, Tartuffe, Harvey and Dividing the Estate.

Jarrett King. In addition to co-authoring Perfect Profile from Penfold's last season, Jarrett is Co-founder of Viceroys Theatre, Board member of Salvage Vanguard Theatre, staff at St. Edwards University and a fequent improv performer at ColdTowne Theatre. His many stage and screen credits include Topdog/Underdog, She Loves Me, ABC's American Crime and ABC Family's The Lying Game.

Michelle Alexander is the high school theatre director at Brentwood Christian Schools and a regular performer at local companies like Zach Theatre, Doctuh Mistuh Productions, Austin Theatre Project and Vortex Repertory Theatre. Austin audiences may remember her strong musical theatre turns in shows like Gospel at Colonus, Xanadu, Marry Poppins, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Avenue Q.

Ryan Crowder is Co-founder and Producing Artistic Director of Penfold Theatre. Before that, Ryan peformed regionally at theatres like the Cincinnati Playhouse, Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre and Monomoy Theatre. In Austin, Ryan has been seen in The History of King Lear, Rose Rage, Taming of the Shrew, A Christmas Carol Classic Radiocast, and Hound of the Baskervilles. He wil direct Penfold's free production of Comedy of Errors this summer!


Clybourne Park performs for a very limited engagement with only nine performances.

“We’re extremely excited about this show,” notes Producing Artistic Director and actor Ryan Crowder. “Aside from having a phenomenal artistic team and a beautiful space to perform in, the story – which is tremendously penned by Bruce Norris – is very timely for Austin. We see what’s happening in the east part of town and are convinced this show generates precisely the kinds of conversations we need to be having.”







Running time: 2 hours with intermission.
For high school age and up.

Clybourne Park
by Bruce Norris
Penfold Theatre Company

May 26 - June 05, 2016
Rollins Theatre
Long Center
701 Riverside at South First,
Austin, TX, 78704

May 26 – June 5, 2016 at the Rollins Theatre, Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin  

Regular tickets $27. Or included with season membership.



 OR CALL 512.474.5664. 

Rollins Studio Theater at The Long Center of the Performing Arts (Map it), 701 W Riverside Drive
Austin, TX 78704

Directions are available on the Long Center website, as are parking information and other details designed to make your visit more enjoyable. Food and drink will be available for purchase.