black and white imagery: arial view of suburbs - partly outlined by red, partly outlined by white. In the foreground is a black couple outlined in red and a white couple outlined in white, each looking toward the other couple

Clybourne Park

Wednesday, May 31st through Sunday, June 4th
 
 

Box Office: (360) 650-6146

by Bruce Norris

Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, Clybourne Park is a razor-sharp satire about the politics of race.

In 1959, Russ and Bev are moving out to the suburbs after the tragic death of their son. Inadvertently, they have sold their house to the neighborhood’s first black family. Fifty years later in 2009, the roles are reversed when a young white couple buys the lot in what is now a predominantly black neighborhood, signaling a new wave of gentrification. In both instances, a community showdown takes place, pitting race against real estate with this home as the battleground.

In response to Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, playwright Bruce Norris set up Clybourne Park as a pair of scenes that bookend Hansberry’s piece. These two scenes, fifty years apart, are both set in the same modest bungalow on Chicago’s northwest side that features at the center of Hansberry's groundbreaking piece.

Join us for a special screening of A Raisin in the Sun on May 30, with Q & A led by Dean of Students Ted Pratt.

 

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