Clybourne Park, Winner of both the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, is Bruce Norris’s sharp contemporary satire that skewers the conventions of political correctness in shockingly entertaining fashion. And it’s coming to the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage courtesy of the Arts Club Theatre.
In 1959′s Chicago, an African-American family moves into a house in Clybourne Park, to the mortification of its all-white residents. Fast-forward 50 years to a predominately black neighbourhood. When young white newlyweds attempt to buy the very same house, will they face the same resistance?
Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd is pleased to launch the Arts Club’s 49th season with this production, inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun: “Clybourne Park is an important play for our times—relevant to both our city and to the United States, especially in this election year. Director Janet Wright has assembled a strong cast for this award-winning play.”
“People are going to enjoy it, laugh, and also be spurred—probably by their own laughter—into thinking more deeply about their own prejudices. That’s just how great theatre should work, by drawing us in and then leaving us with a lot to think about. And that’s just what Clybourne Park does.”, according to Janet Wright, a renowned actor and director.
Known for his biting satires of contemporary American life, playwright Bruce Norris’s acerbic wit and talent for poignant social observation have won his plays international acclaim. His other works include The Actor Retires (1992), Purple Heart (2002), and The Pain and the Itch (2004).
Clybourne Park is directed by Janet Wright and stars Sebastien Archibald, Sasa Brown, Daren Herbert, Marci T. House, Robert Moloney, Andrew Wheeler and Deborah Williams.
Dates: September 6 to October 7
Tuesday, 7:30 pm; Wednesday to Saturday, 8 pm; Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, 2 pm
Venue: Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $29 to $65, including tax and fees; available online or by phoning 604.687.1644