About Clybourne Park

In 1959 white, middle-class Clybourne Park residents Russ and Bev, who lost their son Kenneth after his return home from the Korean War, are planning to sell their home when their neighbor, Karl, makes an unexpected visit to inform them that the family who is buying the house is black and that he is attempting to discourage the black family from moving into the neighborhood. In the same home, 50 years later, Clybourne Park has become a mostly black neighborhood. A white couple, Steve and Lindsey, are planning to buy the house, tear it down, and replace it with a new home, forcing a meeting to negotiate local housing regulations with Kevin and Lena, a black couple living in the area who have historic ties to the home.

Clybourne Park is a 2010 play by Bruce Norris written as a spin-off to Lorraine Hansberry's play A Raisin in the Sun (1959). It portrays fictional events set during and after the Hansberry play, and is loosely based on historical events that took place in the city of Chicago. As described by The Washington Post, the play "applies a modern twist to the issues of race and housing and aspirations for a better life. Clybourne Park was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play.

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