Celebrated creative collaborators over two decades, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage and director Kate Whoriskey bring their latest Broadway triumph, “Clyde’s,” a co-production with Goodman Theatre in Chicago to the Mark Taper Forum through Dec. 18.
The cast includes Kevin Kenerly, Tamberla Perry, Reza Salazar, Nedra Snipes and Garrett Young. Perry plays the hot-tempered Clyde, whose eponymous truck stop café’s kitchen staff of formerly incarcerated people — Kenerly as Montrellous, Salazar as Rafael, Snipes as Letitia and Young as Jason — all dream of creating the perfect sandwich.
“‘Clyde’s” was a highlight of last year’s Broadway season, and our partnership with the Goodman Theatre allows us to bring this outstanding production to Los Angeles,” said Center Theatre Group Managing Director / CEO Meghan Pressman. “Clyde’s” will be the second time we have produced Lynn’s work in Los Angeles, and we are thrilled to bring this bold, engaging, and entertaining play to our audiences for its West Coast premiere.”
Tickets for “Clyde’s” are currently on sale and start at $35. They are available through CenterTheatreGroup.org, Audience Services at (213) 628-2772 or in person at the Center Theatre Group Box Offices (at the Ahmanson Theatre) at The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. Performances run Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Nottage is the first woman in history to win two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. Her plays have been produced widely in the United States and throughout the world. Broadway credits include her plays “Clyde’s” (2ST) and “Sweat,” and the libretto for the musical “MJ.”
Other work includes the libretto for the opera “Intimate Apparel” (Lincoln Center Theater); co curating the performance installation “The Watering Hole” (Signature Theater); the libretto for the musical adaptation of “The Secret Life of Bees;” as well as her plays “Mlima’s Tale;” “Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine;” “Crumbs from the Table of Joy;” “Las Meninas;” “Mud, River, Stone;” “Por’knockers,” and “POOF!.”
“A sandwich is very simple, but you can assemble it in such a way that make those flavor combinations quite complicated. And I like to think of that as a metaphor for what we do as artists,” Nottage told NPR.