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Posted on April 12, 2017

Cal U students performing in Clybourne Park. A character appears to be upset at another, but is held back by a man in a suit.

The Department of Music and Theatre concludes its spring theatre season with the award-winning satire Clybourne Park.

Performances are scheduled at 7 p.m. April 27-28, and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 29 in the Mainstage Theater in Steele Hall.

Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, Clybourne Park is a razor-sharp satire about the politics of race.

About the play

Playwright Bruce Norris set up Clybourne Park as a pair of scenes that bookend Lorraine Hansberry’s iconic drama A Raisin in the Sun, the story of a black family that is purchasing a house in a white neighborhood.

Clybourne’s two scenes, set 50 years apart, take place in the same modest bungalow on Chicago’s northwest side.

In 1959, Russ and Bev are moving out to the suburbs after the tragic death of their son. They inadvertently have sold their house to the neighborhood’s first black family. 

Fifty years later, in 2009, the roles are reversed: A young white couple buys the lot in what is now a predominantly black neighborhood, signaling a new wave of gentrification. 

In both instances, a community showdown takes place, pitting race against real estate with this home as the battleground.

Clybourne Park, first produced in 2010, contains subject matter that may not be suitable for young children.

See the show

The production is open to the public. Ticket price is $12 for patrons of all ages. Cal U students with valid CalCards pay 50 cents, plus a $5 deposit that is refunded at the show.

For ticket information, or to charge tickets by phone, call the Steele Hall Box Office at 724-938-5943.

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