Taper visits ‘Clybourne Park’

New LaChiusa also on tap for 2012

The 2012 season at Center Theater Group’s Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles will kick off with a production of “Clybourne Park” that could make a subsequent jump to Broadway, if all the pieces fall into place.

According to CTG, Lincoln Center Theater, Scott Rudin and Stuart Thompson are considering moving the L.A. theater’s production of the 2011 Pulitzer winner to the Main Stem, should a Gotham theater become available. The Lincoln Center camp emphasized that plans are still in the very early stages.

Also on tap at the Taper are the world preem of Ellen Fitzhugh and Michael John LaChiusa’s tuner “Los Otros,” as well as productions of Broadway vets “Red” and “November,” a revival of “Waiting for Godot” and a production of Jon Robin Baitz’s “Other Desert Cities,” to be seen on Broadway this fall.

“Clybourne” (Jan. 11-Feb. 26), the Bruce Norris play about interracial tensions in a changing Chicago neighborhood, has snowballed into a major legit title since its 2010 bow at Off Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons. That initial run spurred talk of a Rialto transfer that never materialized, and the show went on to become a hit in London, where it picked up the Olivier Award for top play. It won the Pulitzer earlier this year and also has been produced at several U.S. regionals.

Pam MacKinnon, who directed the show at Playwrights Horizons, will helm the Taper incarnation. No cast has been announced, although it’s said a number of the thesps from the Off Broadway version may reprise their roles.

CTG will concurrently present the Phylicia Rashad-helmed Ebony Repertory Theater production of “A Raisin in the Sun,” the play that loosely inspired “Clybourne,” at the Kirk Douglas Theater.

The latest from LaChiusa (“The Wild Party,” “Marie Christine”), with book and lyrics by Fitzhugh (“Herringbone”), “Los Otros” (May 23-July 1) centers on the unexpected links between a Southern Californian woman and a Mexican American man. Graciela Daniele (“Annie Get Your Gun”) helms.

The CTG incarnation of “Red” (Aug. 1-Sept. 9) will star Alfred Molina, who toplined the play in London and Gotham, while Joe Mantello, the director of “Other Desert Cities” on Broadway, will reprise his helming duties for the L.A. run (Nov. 20-Dec. 30, 2012). It’s not yet clear if any of the thesps involved in the Main Stem transfer of LCT’s Off Broadway production — including Stockard Channing, Stacy Keach and Rachel Griffiths — will come aboard for the L.A. version.

If the Broadway transfer of “Clybourne” were to materialize, it would be presented as part LCT’s Broadway season, which begins with “Other Desert Cities” this fall.

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