Clybourne Park (2010) is a play by Bruce Norris written as a spin-off to Lorraine Hansberry's play A Raisin in the Sun(1959). It portrays fictional events set before and after the Hansberry play, and is loosely based on historical events that took place in the city of Chicago. It premiered in February 2010 at Playwrights Horizons in New York. The play received its UK premiere at the Royal Court Theatre in London in a production directed by Dominic Cooke. The play received its Chicago premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in a production directed by Steppenwolf ensemble member Amy Morton. As described by the Washington Post, the play "applies a modern twist to the issues of race and housing and aspirations for a better life." Clybourne Park was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play.
A Brief Summary
CLYBOURNE PARK explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as white community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.
Why it's so important...
"Excellent theatre should do something very important. It should elevate topics of discussion, whether controversial or not, but always multi-dimensional, and multi-facited, into a forum that allows these ideas to bud and flourish, and to be examined within a community and explored. And if we're very lucky, change the community for the better.
Just as its predecessor "A Raisin in the Sun", and it's playwright Lorraine Hansberry did, Mr. Bruce Norris has found a way to expand upon this dialogue with smart, funny, heartbreaking, and sometimes provacative language that challenges the audience to dig deeper. This is why we are so excited to make this show our next production!"
Founder and CEO of Evening Star Productions