Sept. 30-Oct. 4, 2014
Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and 2012 Tony Winner, this bitingly funny and provocative drama explores the history of the house bought by the Younger family of the American classic A Raisin in the Sun. The play begins in 1959 when a black family has bought the house in the all-white neighborhood. Roles are reversed in the second act when a white family buys the same house in 2009 in what is now a predominantly African-American neighborhood. Race, real estate and the American dream are dissected in this play where no cow is sacred. Steve Ray, the production’s director, said, “Audience members should come expecting to laugh and then wonder if it is OK to be laughing.”
“Clybourne Park is not just an important play, it’s really a blast. It’s smart and funny and a little unnerving at times, “ said Ray. “In the first act, the actors play characters from 1959 and in the second act, they play different characters in 2009. I think audiences will really enjoy seeing these talented actors portray contrasting characters. This layers the play with meaning while adding to the theatricality of it all.” Ray adds, “I love delving into difficult topics—and this play is full of complex issues from racism in America to why humans get offended to what they find funny to the promise of the American Dream. The Stage is perfect for this. In the best theatre, we explore, we don’t preach.”
Cast: Dalton, Arbaugh, Calvin Forrest, Grace Holtz, Falcian Page, Nicholas Sterling, Courtney Tucker, and Madeleine Young.