Bruce Norris's Pulitzer Prize-winning Clybourne Park, the tables-turned story of a neighborhood in flux, could have been written expressly for Denver&'s Curious Theatre Company. At least, that's what Curious artistic director Chip Walton thought when the chance came to snatch it up for the 2011-2012 season premiere. "He believes this is the kind of script that Curious was built on," says Curious's Sara Poorman. "It has a very current topic. Gentrification is happening all over Denver, and when the opportunity came to produce it, he just thought it was a perfect fit for Curious. This is the type of show we should be doing."
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The script focuses on black and white families playing musical houses over a fifty-year span. An exemplary cast of actors that includes Dee Covington, C. Kelly Leo, Erik Sandvold, Cris Davenport, Josh Hartwell, ZZ Moor and Andy Waldschmidt all switch to new characters after the intermission, making Clybourne Park as adventurous in execution as it is in subject matter. And Walton has once again chosen a topical play that's guaranteed to provoke discussion; that's always been an important aspect of mounting a show for him, and a quality that has set Curious apart from the beginning. See
Clybourne Park at Curious Theatre, 1080 Acoma Street, on Thursdays through Sundays, through October 15. Tickets range from $18 to $42; reserve yours at www.curioustheatre.org or call 303-623-0524.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Sept. 1. Continues through Oct. 15, 2011