A collaboration between The 5 & Dime, a Theatre Company and The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Clybourne Park is Bruce Norris’s thought-provoking comedy about race, real-estate and relationships. Named for the fictional white neighborhood introduced in Lorraine Hansberry’s seminal play “A Raisin in the Sun,” Clybourne Park is a neighborhood twice transformed. Starting in 1959 we meet a Russ and Bev, a white middle-class couple packing for a move out of the neighborhood. Visits from their clergyman and their neighbors lead to a heated disagreement about the buyers for Russ and Bev’s home, a black family, and their worries about the impact on their property values.
In Act 2, the audience returns to the house some fifty years later with the same actors playing different roles. Clybourne Park is going through a gentrification and the new prospective buyers want to purchase the home to raise it and rebuild in the newly-desirable neighborhood. Their plans lead to a battle with the housing board that starts with a discussion of housing regulations and degrades to an argument around racial issues. The dispute ends when a contractor discovers a half-century old secret buried in the yard.
Director: RICK DESPAIN
Stage Manager: EMILEE ESTEP
Production Designer: LEE HAMBY
Set & Costume Design: LEE HAMBY
Props: PAT GORMAN and MAGGIE O’CONNOR
Graphic Design: KELBY SIDDONS