Richard Lintern appears in the 10th anniversary revival of Bruce Norris’ seminal play Clybourne Park which is at The Park Theatre from 25 March and runs until 2 May.
A timely 10th anniversary production of this razor-sharp satire about the politics of race and real estate, winner of both the Tony and Olivier Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for author Bruce Norris.
You’re appearing in the 10th anniversary production of Clybourne Park, what can you tell us about it?
The 10th anniversary production is being staged at the Park Theatre in Finsbury Park. The space there is intimate and beautifully designed- ideal for this intense and thought provoking play.
How would you describe your character?
All the cast play at least two roles. Mine are Russ – a man broken in half by the suicide of his son, and Dan – a construction worker in search of buried treasure. Go figure.
How has director, Oliver Kaderbhai, been helping you understand your role?
Director Oliver Khaderbai has helped us unlock the comedy that results from the emotional challenges faced by each character. Clybourne Park is at times hysterically funny. Michael C Fox plays a vicar wearing a truss – comedy gold.
Why do you think now is the right time to revive Clybourne Park?
The divisive and bitter nature of the Brexit debate, the Trump presidency, and so many other aspects of current society mean that a play like Clybourne is even more relevant and vital than it was ten years ago. Unfortunately.
The play has previously won The Pulitzer and a Tony, what is it about Bruce Norris’ writing that resonates so strongly with audiences?
Bruce Norris writes with wit, with great skill, with an eye for the ridiculous, with a merciless assault on hypocrisy, but most of all with a huge heart.
What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to see Clybourne Park?
For anyone thinking of coming? Bring an open heart and be prepared to have your preconceptions challenged. You’ll hopefully laugh, possibly cry, and definitely learn the capital of Mongolia. What’s not to like?
Main Image: Richard Lintern in rehearsal for Clybourne Park Photo by Mark Douet