Clybourne Park Opens on Oct. 31 on the Mainstage

Posted on: October 14, 2014

20141014theatre1899Clybourne Park

by Bruce Norris

directed by Sharon Andrews

October 31-November 1 & 6-8, 2014 at 7:30 PM

November 2 & 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM


Bruce Norris’s ferocious Pulitzer Prize winning play is filled with brilliant side splitting “I can’t believe I’m laughing at this” humor and pulls no punches in its provocative look at race and real estate.  Act I, it’s 1959 and the neighborhood association will do anything to keep a black family from moving in…but they’re not racist! Act II, its 50 years later, and the same now dilapidated house is caught in the sweep of gentrification. The conflict between two middle class couples, one black the other white, over what is to become of the house, sharply and often hilariously exposes the dangerous illusions that lie beneath our politically correct ideals. All performances will be in the Mainstage Theatre of the Scales Fine Arts Center.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, and $7 for students (price includes NC sales tax).


Related scheduled events include:


Wednesday, November 5, 7PM Mainstage Theatre

  • Staged reading of the iconic play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry directed by J.K. Curry

 Thursday, November 6, Mainstage Theatre

  • Immediately following performance – Conversation with James Perry and Melissa Harris-Perry about race, real estate, and community.

Friday, November 7, Mainstage Theatre

  • 5 PM – Panel presentation followed by audience question and answer.

Panel Members:

  • Bruce Norris, American actor and writer. Norris was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Clybourne Park (2010). The Prize committee citation described the play as “a powerful work whose memorable characters speak in witty and perceptive ways to America’s sometimes toxic struggle with race and class consciousness.” Prior to its Pulitzer reception, the play won the Olivier Prize for “Best New Play” and won the Tony Award for Best Play following its Pulitzer win.
  • Cecilia Butler, President of Washington Park Advisory Council, Chicago, Ill. Ms. Butler is a long time resident of and activist for south side Chicago.
  • Sherri Lawson Clark, Assistant Teaching Professor WFU Department of Anthropology is an applied cultural anthropologist, who researches social problems associated with poverty in both urban and rural settings.  She is particularly interested in the intersections of housing instability with individual and family experiences.
  • Wendy Parker, WFU Law professor of civil rights remedies
  • 6:30 – Reception (light dinner) – Scales Fine Arts Center lobby
  • 7:30 – Performance of Clybourne Park
  • Immediately following performance – Conversation with playwright, director and actors.