Bruce Norris
Bruce Norris
Bruce Norris is an American actor and playwright associated with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago. On April 18, 2011 Norris was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Clybourne Park. The Prize committee citation described the play as "a powerful work whose memorable characters speak in witty and perceptive ways to America's sometimes toxic struggle with race and class consciousness.
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The Buzzer's Broken
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
"I was here before all of the hippies and the yuppies showed up," my first Brooklyn landlord told me. My tiny space on the top floor of a decaying row house was my stake in the ground. Young and striving, I had something to prove. I could live on my own. In New York. No matter that there was no sink in the 4'x4' bathroom or the slanted staircase creaked so ominously that I'd warn anyone over 85 lbs. to be very, very careful ascending them. It was my own Pyrrhic housing victory, with the occasional mouse or eerie neighbor's leer to remind me of the price of hubris. That is, to some degree, what gentrification looks like. It's not all bulldozers and condos and lawyers. It's often far more subtle. College grads slowly unpacking in the dusty attics of ethnic enclaves. In Tracey Scott Wilson's new play "Buzzer" now at The Public Theater in New York City through April 26, a young couple, Jackson (Grantham Coleman) and Suzy (Tessa Ferrer), moves back into Jackson's old neighborhood. ...
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Robin De Jesús Talks 'Crush To Crushed' Cabaret Show At New York's 54 Below
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Robin De Jesús has Olympic dreams, at least when it comes to harboring crushes. “I’ve always had a thing for [U.S. speed skater] Apolo Anton Ohno,” the two-time Tony Award nominee (“In The Heights,” “La Cage aux Folles”) quips. “I have a thing for legs … guys with good quads, calves. Anyone who’s in a constant plié or squat is good by me.” Infatuation is just one of the many aspects of love De Jesús will explore onstage in “Crush to Crushed,” his new musical act which premieres Nov. 24 at New York’s 54 Below. Still, audiences expecting an evening of Broadway standards with valentine lyrics might be in for a surprise; De Jesús also promises pop, soul and Spanish tunes that not only emphasize romance, but also “the random things that happen afterward.” Once he began compiling material for the show, the 29-year-old actor took to Facebook, where he asked friends and followers for both their favorite love and breakup songs. Though he soon found that somber ballads about heartbreak co ...
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First Nighter: Bruce Norris's Domesticated Yay, Wallace Shawn's Grasses of a Thousand Colors Nay
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
We may never know what Hilary Rodham Clinton was thinking during the 1998 Monica Lewinsky episode or how Silda Wall Spitzer was reacting five years ago when Eliot Spitzer strayed or whether Huma Abedin was severely stand-by-your-man-tested a year or so ago over Anthony Weiner's vigorous sexting. We might never know any of this, but Bruce Clybourne Park Norris has some ideas. He couches them in the wily and often funny Domesticated, at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse, where Judy Pulver (Laurie Metcalf) doesn't fight especially hard to contain her anger when it's revealed that high-ranking public office holder Bill Pulver (Jeff Goldblum) has not only visited a young hooker but that in a tussle he'd caused an accident that has the young woman hospitalized and in a coma. More...
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Bruce Norris’s ‘Domesticated’ Takes On Politics and Monogamy
NYTimes - over 3 years
Bruce Norris takes a look at monogamy through the prism of a political marriage in “Domesticated,” the latest in a string of dramas centering on sex scandals.     
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'Osage County' writer on play's transition to film
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Osage County was familiar to Tracy Letts, the playwright who wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning play and the screenplay for its big-screen adaptation. Some part of me - because I'm a theater animal - I go into that cinema last night and I get into my seat and I go, 'Oh, it's a movie. After premiering at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre in 2007, it played for several years on Broadway and went on to a national tour. Inspired by Letts' own family history, it's about a sharp-tongued, pill-popping Oklahoma matriarch (played by Streep in the film) whose family arrives after the suicide of her husband (Sam Shepard). Unlike playwright friends of Letts - he cites Martin McDonagh ("The Pillowman") and Bruce Norris ("Clybourne Park") - who refuse to harm their plays through adaptation, Letts believes in the movie adaptation process - even if it's always "an uneasy transition." Letts, who recently won a Tony for his performance in a revival of Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (an ...
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Theater review: ‘Clybourne Park’ funny, dramatic and excellent all around
The Sacramento Bee - over 3 years
Playwright Bruce Norris’ razor-sharp “Clybourne Park” has so much happening that the comedy-drama runs the risk of being misunderstood. Atim Udoffia, left, Beethovan Oden and Aaron Wilton in “Clybourne Park,” at Capital Stage through Oct. 6. Atim Udoffia, left, Beethovan Oden and Dan Fagan are among the cast of “Clybourne Park.”
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Bruce Norris built a following by predicting real estate market
LATimes - over 3 years
Norris is the founder of Norris Group, which manages up to $70 million in assets for real estate investors, and also educates and finances investors. The gig: Bruce Norris, 61, founded Norris Group in 1997, a family-run firm based in Riverside that invests in single-family homes and educates and finances other investors. Norris built an avid following after correctly predicting the last real estate boom and bust. Norris Group manages $65 million to $70 million in assets for people who want to invest in the activities of those who purchase, repair and resell California real estate. The firm also hosts an annual banquet series at the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum titled "I Survived Real Estate," which brings together experts to discuss real estate investing. The series has raised nearly $380,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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Math concepts in 'A Parallelogram' a challenge to some audiences
LATimes - over 3 years
Playwright Bruce Norris and director Anna B. Shapiro talk about the domestic drama 'A Parallelogram,' now at Mark Taper Forum. A refresher course in high school geometry isn't a prerequisite for "A Parallelogram," the play by Pulitzer Prize-winner Bruce Norris running at the Mark Taper Forum. But it certainly wouldn't hurt.
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ArtsBeat: Lincoln Center Theater Announces New Season
NYTimes - over 3 years
A new play by the Pulitzer Prize winner Bruce Norris and a new Broadway production of “Macbeth” starring Ethan Hawke will open the theater’s 2013-14 season this fall.     
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Wholesale Trading Co-Op Insurance Services announces enhanced Catastrophe Risk Modeling and Consulting Services
California News Wire - almost 4 years
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — WTCI (Wholesale Trading Co-Op Insurance Services, LLC) today announced that it has enhanced its Catastrophe Risk Modeling and Consulting Services. WTCI has added Risk Management Solutions catastrophe modeling software to the foundation of its risk modeling services and solutions. In addition, risk modeling professional Bruce Norris, a WTCI director, recently enhanced his personal consulting capabilities by earning the Certified Catastrophe Modeler (CCM) designation from the AIR Institute. The AIR Institute's Certified Catastrophe Modeler Program is a comprehensive course created to meet the risk management and insurance industry's growing need for skilled catastrophe risk modelers and managers. Those who successfully complete the course and the final exam earn recognition and certification as a Certified Catastrophe Modeler (CCM). According to John Jennings, WTCI's President and CEO, "We must always invest in advancing technologies. Th ...
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New Bruce Norris Play Will Be Part of Steppenwolf Season
New York Times - ArtsBeat Blogs - almost 4 years
"The Qualms" by Mr. Norris is part of a season that also includes the return of actress Joan Allen.
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Joan Allen, Bruce Norris premiere at Steppenwolf next season
Chicago Times - almost 4 years
The Steppenwolf Theatre Company has announced its 2013-14 season, a slate that features the first  stage appearance by ensemble member Joan Allen in more than 20 years  as well as a number of new works — several from lesser-known playwrights.
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David Finkle: First Nighter: From White Plains Strong on Forgiveness, Luck of the Irish Fairly Strong on Intolerance
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Let's hear it for forgiveness. Let's hear a couple of brimming earfuls for forgiveness -- or against it, as the case may be. And the place to hear it is throughout From White Plains, the outstanding new work conceived by Michael Perlman and written with cast members Craig Wesley Divino, Karl Gregory, Jimmy King and Aaron Rossini. The lay-out of the play -- which, I repeat, is truly, eminently worthwhile, and so is Perlman's immaculate direction -- is intricate as presented by the Fault Line Theatre in the Pershing Square Signature Center's black-box space. But here goes: Listening to an Oscar telecast, Ethan (co-company artistic director Rossini) hears himself named as the bully behind the inspiration for the film just awarded the best-movie-of-year statuette to creator Dennis (Karl Gregory). Astounded that he's just been designated a national bad guy, Ethan enters into a debate with pal John (co-company director Divino) that builds into an argument over his actual re ...
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Playwright Challenges Racial Casting Practices
New York Times - ArtsBeat Blogs - over 4 years
The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Bruce Norris has called for a boycott in Germany of theater productions in which white actors are cast in roles explicitly written for black performers.
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David Finkle: First Nighter: Lisa d'Amour's Motor City Tragi-Comedy Detroit Needs Bodywork
Huffington Post - over 4 years
When Barack Obama and Mitt Romney waxed enthusiastic about America's bright future at their separate conventions, one person who would undoubtedly have taken great issue with the prognosis was Lisa D'Amour. She predicts quite the opposite in her play Detroit, a 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist, which comes to the Manhattan's Playwrights Horizons all but anointed after its Chicago debut last year and its follow-up production at London's National Theatre. Indeed, Faber and Faber's published version of the script includes on the cover a quote from the New York Times's Charles Isherwood who maintains the tragi-comedy "speaks to the fractious American moment more perceptively than any play I've seen on a New York stage." Certainly, D'Amour's work speaks about the decline of America in a manner President Obama and Governor Romney wouldn't care to acknowledge but that has been a popular take on society with playwrights for some time, perhaps most recently in Bruce Norris's Pulitzer ...
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James Franco: Saturday in New York: Bess, Wiseman and Clybourne Park
The Huffington Post - over 4 years
I spent Saturday in New York City. I had an event to host in the evening so I flew in from New Orleans on Friday evening. I tried to make a late screening of Battle Royal at the IFC, but my driver wasn't there to pick me up, so I missed it and ended up watching Seth Rogen's new film, Take this Waltz, on pay per view. It's directed by Sarah Polly and is an offbeat Canadian love triangle film. The role was unusual for Seth and I thought interesting because he shows a much more vulnerable side of himself than he usually does. Michelle Williams' character needs to choose between two men, but I think the choice should be obvious, Seth is the best dude around. And if he could cook as well as his character he would probably be the best guy of the new century. Because school is out and I don't have any major obligations, I decided to take in as much of New York as possible on Saturday. I woke at 10 and went over to the Whitney to catch the downsized version of the Biennial and a s ...
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How to Talk About Race Without Getting Stuck in "Clybourne Park"
Color Lines - over 4 years
Bruce Norris' play "Clybourne Park" picks up the conversation about race where Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun" left off. Nominated for four Tony Awards, this drama is set in fictional Clybourne Park--the Chicago neighborhood that represents the American dream to the Younger family of "Raisin." The first act of the play simmers as the all-white community comes to terms with the idea of blacks moving into their midst during the 1950s. The second act explodes as the same neighborhood, now all-black and neglected, is "rediscovered" in the 1990s. Two affluent couples, one black and one white, face off over zoning laws. What begins as a negotiation over building codes develops into a screaming match about race, gentrification, and identity. The two couples spend a great deal of time talking around the structural issues of racial change in the neighborhood. When race is finally addressed by name, both the actors and audience erupts. The talk of race sucks t ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bruce Norris
    FIFTIES
  • 2011
    Age 50
    On April 18, 2011, Norris was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Clybourne Park (2010).
    More Details Hide Details The Prize committee citation described the play as "a powerful work whose memorable characters speak in witty and perceptive ways to America's sometimes toxic struggle with race and class consciousness." Prior to its Pulitzer reception, the play won the Olivier Prize for "Best New Play" following its premiere at New York's Playwrights Horizons.
  • FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 48
    In 2009, Norris was awarded the Steinberg Playwright Award.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1982
    Age 21
    After graduating from Northwestern University in 1982 with a degree in theatre, Norris set out to become an actor.
    More Details Hide Details He performed at Victory Gardens Theater, the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre and on Broadway. His Broadway credits include David Hirson's Wrong Mountain, Wendy Wasserstein's An American Daughter, and Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues. During this time he was also "hired and fired from a number of television pilots." These rejections led to his first play, The Actor Retires. The Steppenwolf Theatre has produced the last seven of Norris' plays. Norris' verbally dexterous and fast-paced dramas are reminiscent of Edward Albee's comically tragic plays, which contemplate the complexities of the American psyche and the family dynamic.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1960
    Born
    Born in 1960.
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