19 Apr Though those events were all in the future when “Clybourne Park” was written, this play addresses them all, or at least what they stand for. Read play». Bruce Norris’s Clybourne Park is an acerbic satire tracing the fault line between race and property through the changing ownership of a property in . The smash hit Broadway and West end comedy. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play (), Olivier Award for Best New Play () and Pulitzer Drama.

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Rhodes, which they bought inis up for landmark status before the Chicago City Council’s Committee on Historical Landmarks Preservation. From Clybourne Park Imprint.

The action is taking place approximately an hour following Karl Lindner’s departure from the Youngers’ Hamilton Park residence, where they have rejected his bribery attempt. Clybourne Park Hansberry v. The Raisin Cyclecenterstage. No performance may be given unless a licence has been obtained. Playwrights Horizons New York City.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Retrieved from ” https: They are selling the place for a knock-down price, which means that a black family will be moving in, much to the disquiet of ckybourne resident Karl, who pops round to tell Bev and Russ — in front of the black maid Francine — that they are undermining property values.

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Even before the play premiered on Broadway, it had several notable productions in regional theatres: It becomes apparent that the black family moving in are the Youngers, the protagonists of A Raisin in the Sunand the neighbor is Karl Lindner, the minor character from that play who attempted to bribe the Youngers into abandoning their plans to move into the neighborhood.


Retrieved May 2, In the second act, set inpla same property is being bought by Lindsey and Steve, a young white couple who want to build a new house on the same plot, but face hostility from the all-black residents’ committee who are concerned that white newcomers will erase the cultural significance of the area.

As arguments ensue about the potential problems of integrating the neighborhood, both couples awkwardly call on Russ and Bev’s black housekeeper and her husband, Francine and Albert, to express their opposing views. The play is set in the interior of ‘a modest three-bedroom bungalow, Clybourne Street, in the near north-west of central Chicago’. November 12th – 9: Guilt and hypocrisy in a racially changing neighborhood”The Philadelphia InquirerFebruary 3, The play opened on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre on April 19, in previews starting March 26, for a week limited clybkurne.

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A cordial discussion of housing codes soon degenerates into one of racial issues, instigated by a concerned Steve, who feels that the mask of “political correctness” is allowing for a more subtle kind of prejudice against them. The Philadelphia Inquirer claimed, “A remarkably skillful cast directed by Edward Sobel creates characters that flirt with stereotypes, but become real and believable The play received its Chicago premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in a production directed by Steppenwolf ensemble member Amy Morton.


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. Want to see your job listed here? Awards for Clybourne Park. In a short coda, we see Bev back incatching her son awake late at night, dressed in his army uniform.

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Leaving him to tend to clgbourne house, Bev observes that “I really believe things are about to change for the better. Walnut Hill School for the Arts.

The discussion is interrupted several times by Dan played by Russa workman who has found Kenneth’s army trunk buried in the back yard. A Parable Rabbit Hole August: All rights whatsoever in this play are strictly reserved and application for performance etc. Fifty years later inthe 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.