‘Clybourne Park’

Date / Time

February 25, 2014 - March 2, 2014

12:00 am


UIC Theatre


The UIC Theatre production of “Clybourne Park,” a portrayal of white flight and gentrification as played out around one Chicago house.

The Bruce Norris play, winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, is a prequel and sequel to “A Raisin in the Sun.” The UIC production is directed by Derrick Sanders, assistant professor of theatre, who was assistant director of Broadway productions of August Wilson’s “Radio Golf” and “Gem of the Ocean.”

The play begins in 1959, when white Chicago homeowners try to stop their neighbors from selling a bungalow to a black family — specifically, the Younger family, whose decision to buy the house was chronicled in the 1959 Lorraine Hansberry play.

In the second act, 50 years later, black neighbors try to stop a white family from buying the same house, now a potential teardown in an all-black neighborhood targeted for gentrification.

“Clybourne Park” will be performed Feb. 27, 28 and March 1 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 26 and March 2 at 2 p.m.; and Feb. 25 at noon.

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