By Bruce Norris
Stage Director: Celia Couture
Producer: Marlene Mandel
Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play,
“Clybourne Park” is a sharp-edged comedy about race and community. The play walks a
dangerous tightrope between social commentary and comedy, exploring and exploding
cultural myths about race, community and the pursuit of the American Dream.
The story builds on events depicted in Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 drama “A Raisin in the
Sun,” in which a black family decides to buy a home in an all-white Chicago
neighborhood. Norris sets his comedy in the house the family hopes to buy, and the
audience watches the conflicts unfold: first, in 1959 when the white couple agrees to sell
the house, and then again in the second act, when a new couple seeks to buy and renovate
the house 50 years later.