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This Pulitzer prize winning play makes the reader examine race relations in America today. Inspired by Hansberry’s play “A Raisin in the Sun,” Norris visits the same Chicago neighborhood 50 years apart and examines how much has changed over the decades. Great characters, biting dialogue, and great insight into different generations of Americans make this a great read about racism in America. --Kathy – Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville
Clybourne Park spans two generations fifty years apart. In 1959, Russ and Bev are selling their desirable two-bedroom at a bargain price, unknowingly bringing the first black family into the neighborhood (borrowing a plot line from Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun) and creating ripples of discontent among the cozy white residents of Clybourne Park. In 2009, the same property is being bought by a young white couple, whose plan to raze the house and start again is met with equal disapproval by the black residents of the soon-to-be-gentrified area. Are the issues festering beneath the floorboards actually the same, fifty years on? Bruce Norris’s excruciatingly funny and squirm-inducing satire explores the fault line between race and property.
Clybourne Park is the winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and the winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play.
About the Author
Bruce Norris is a writer and an actor whose Pulitzer Prize– and Olivier Award–winning play Clybourne Park premiered at Playwrights Horizons in January 2010. Other plays include The Infidel, Purple Heart, We All Went Down to Amsterdam, The Pain and the Itch, and The Unmentionables, all of which premiered at Steppenwolf Theatre. Norris is the recipient of the 2009 Steinberg Playwright Award and the Whiting Foundation Prize for Drama. He currently resides in New York.
Praise for Clybourne Park: A Play…
“A spiky and damningly insightful new comedy.” —Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“Superb, elegantly written, and hilarious.” —John Lahr, The New Yorker
“Courageous…Norris’s elegantly structured play nails marital tensions as much as it does racial disharmony in an evening of ebullient provocation.” —Lyn Gardner, The Guardian