Clybourne Park (2011)

By Bruce Norris
Directed by Lucien Douglas

Lab Theatre
May 4, 5, 6, 7 at 8:00 p.m.
May 7 at 2:00 p.m.

Issues concerning black and white relations and personal human values are challenged in this very dramatic and frequently hilarious play.

Act I: The year is 1959, in teh high-end, white middle class of Chicago neighborhood of Clybourne Park. Grieving parents are selling their house at less than fair market value. the family moving in is black--they are the Younger family from Lorraine Hansberry's play A Raisin in the Sun. The move is challenged and debated by the white neighbors as they receive the news from Karl Lindner (a character from Hansberry's play).

Act II: Fifty years later, 2009. The house is changed considerably; it is now unoccupied. The neighborhood has also changed--now it is predominantly black. A white couple wishes to buy the house, have it razed, and re-build to their personal specifications, thus challenging the current neighbors and their feeling sof loyalty to family traditions. Act 2 characters are different from Act I, yet played by the same actors.

Clybourne Parkwas named one of the "Best Ten Plays of 2010" by The New York Timesand by The London Times

Playwrights Horizons, Inc., New York City produced the World Premiere of Clybourne Park Off-Broadway in 2010.