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Clybourne Park

Clybourne Park
by Bruce Norris
Directed by George L. Rametta
Produced by Lauren A. Jarvis
May 13 – June 18, 2016

Clybourne Park was written as a companion piece to A Raisin in the Sun. It is a savagely funny and ferociously smart play that won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play. Set in Chicago, the play explodes in two biting and satiric acts, 50 years apart. Act I takes place in 1959, as nervous white community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a middle-class home to a black family. Act II jumps to 2009, in the same house, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of urban renewal by a Caucasian couple. This topical, insightful, and relevant play about racial discord, civic engagement, and foibles of miscommunication contains adult situations and language, and is not appropriate for children.

Character

CAST

Played by
Russ/Dan ············ Harold Dershimer
Bev/Kathy ············ Andrea Stradling
Jim/Tom/Kenneth ············ Jeremy Patrick Hamilton
Karl/Steve ············ Matt Landig
Betsy/Lindsey ············ Jen Kerner
Albert/Kevin ············ Damon Rutledge
Francine/Lena ············ Paulina Bugembe

CAST PICTURES

The cast of Clybourne Park
The women L-R: Pauline Bugembe, Jen Kerner, Andrea Stradling
The men L-R: Damon Rutledge, Matt Landig, Harold Dershimer, Jeremy Patrick Hamilton
Russ is shocked when Karl tells him the type of family moving into the home Russ sold in Clybourne Park.
While preparing for their move, Bev asks Russ if he remembered to change the delivery address for his favorite magazine.
Life in Clybourne Park is about to change drastically for the Stollers and Lindners.
Minister Jim is thrilled to welcome the next generation of Lindners to Clybourne Park.
Albert and Francine have a heated discussion about her employers leaving Clybourne Park.
Betsy and Bev feel the baby kicking!
After revealing a truth, Minister Jim is threatened by Russ.
After a moving mishap, Albert assures Bev that nothing's broken.
Bev asks Francine if her family heirloom chafing dish is something she might like to have.
The Clybourne Park cast at curtain call.
Karl Lindner asks Francine for her opinion on what it's like to live in a white community.
After Karl delivers upsetting news, Russ throws him out so the packing up can continue.
In 2009, community reps and buyers of the rundown Clyboune Park house meet to discuss planned renovations.
The home sale negotiations break down as the accusations begin.
Photos by Shari Barrett

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