FIRST LOOK: The Cast of Kentwood Players CLYBOURNE PARK opening May 13

By: Apr. 18, 2016
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Kentwood Players presents "Clybourne Park" by Bruce Norris from May 13 through June 18, 2016 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm at the Westchester Playhouse, located at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester, CA 90045. The production directed by George L. Rametta and produced by Lauren A. Jarvis by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service. Inc. "Clybourne Park" was written as a companion piece to "A Raisin in the Sun," an audience favorite that was produced by Kentwood Players at the Westchester Playhouse from January 8 to February 13, 2016.

"Clybourne Park" is a savagely funny and ferociously smart play that won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play. Set in Chicago, the play explodes in two biting and satiric acts, 50 years apart. Act I takes place in 1959 (as did "A Raisin in the Sun") as nervous white community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a middle-class home to a black family. Act II jumps to 2009, in the same house, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of urban renewal by a Caucasian couple. Each of the seven cast members plays different characters in both acts.

Here's your first look at the cast featuring (in alphabetical order) Pauline Bugembe, Harold Dershimer, Jeremy Patrick Hamilton, Jen Kerner, Matt Landig, Damon Rutledge, and Andrea Stradling.

Tickets are $20.00 with a $2.00 discount for seniors and students. To purchase tickets, please call (310) 645-5156 during box office hours, Wednesday through Saturday from 4:00-7:00pm. You may also purchase tickets online at For group ticket sales of 10 or more, please call the box office for group rates.

Please note this topical, insightful, and relevant play about racial discord, civic engagement, and foibles of miscommunication contains adult situations and language, and is not recommended for children. Those under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult in the theater.

For more information about Kentwood Players including our current production and upcoming auditions, please visit the Kentwood Players website at You can also find Kentwood Players information on Facebook and Twitter.

To meet the "Clybourne Park" production team and learn more about Kentwood Players and what goes on at the Westchester Playhouse, the public is invited to attend our membership meetings, which are free and held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm at the Westchester Playhouse, located two blocks west of the San Diego Freeway and two blocks north of Manchester at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester, CA 90045.

Here are a selection of Act I cast photos taken by Shari Barrett

The Clybourne Park cast features: (The women L-R) Pauline Bugembe, Jen Kerner, Andrea Stradling (The men L-R) Damon Rutledge, Matt Landig, Harold Dershimer, Jeremy Patrick Hamilton

Russ is shocked when Karl tells him the type of family moving into the home Russ sold in Clybourne Park. (L-R) Harold Dershimer, Matt Landig

While preparing for their move, Bev asks Russ if he remembered to change the delivery address for his favorite magazine. (L-R) Harold Dershimer, Andrea Stradling

Life in Clybourne Park is about to change drastically for the Stollers and Lindners. (The Stollers at left) Andrea Stradling, Harold Dershimer (The Lindners at right) Jen Kerner, Matt Landig

Minister Jim is thrilled to welcome the next generation of Lindners to Clybourne Park. (L-R) Jen Kerner, Jeremy Patrick Hamilton, Matt Landig

Albert and Francine have a heated discussion about her employers leaving Clybourne Park. (L-R) Damon Rutledge, Pauline Bugembe

Betsy and Bev feel the baby kicking!! (L-R) Jen Kerner, Andrea Stradling

After revealing a truth, Minister Jim is threatened by Russ. (L-R) Jeremy Patrick Hamilton, Harold Dershimer

After a moving mishap, Albert assures Bev that nothing's broken. (L-R) Damon Rutledge, Andrea Stradling

Bev asks Francine if her family heirloom chafing dish is something she might like to have. (L-R) Andrea Stradling, Pauline Bugembe


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