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Clybourne Park

by Bruce Norris

Department of Theatre & Drama

February 18-21, 2016 • Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre

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A spin-off of Lorraine Hansberry’s seminal 1959 work A Raisin in the Sun, playwright Bruce Norris portrays the families that reside at 406 Clybourne Park before and after the Younger family. Unable to convince the Youngers to sell, neighborhood-association chair Karl comes to try to convince homeowners Russ and Bev to pull out of the deal in order to preserve their all-white neighborhood. But Russ and Bev have their own reasons for wanting to move, not the least of which is the lack of the so-called “community” that Karl is trying so hard to ensure. Five decades later, the descendants of the Youngers fight their own battle against gentrification when the new white owners of the house declare their plan to tear the house down and build a much larger house. Filled with sharp comedy and provocative interplay, Clybourne Park examines through the prism of property how far the country has come and how far we need to go when faced with talking about race.

From his writing debut in 1992 with The Actor Retires, Bruce Norris has built a reputation for his provocative work: “There’s nothing better than the feeling of coming into the room and feeling that something dangerous is happening.” Clybourne Park debuted Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizon in New York City in 2010, and made its way to London’s West End before returning to Broadway. The comedy is the first play to win the triple crown of playwriting – the Pulitzer Prize and Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play in 2011 followed by the Tony Award for Best Play in 2012. Don’t miss this “dangerous, provocative, and pulverizingly funny [play]” (Variety).

This play contains language and themes that may prove offensive to some. Recommended for mature audiences.



Artistic Staff

Director John Neville-Andrews
Scenic Designer Gary Decker
Costume Designer Christianne Myers
Lighting Designer  
Sound Designer Henry Reynolds
Stage Manager Sara Burgess




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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower