CLYBOURNE PARK had an acclaimed run at Playwrights Horizons in 2010, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011, and moved to London where it won the Olivier Award for Best New Play. In January 2012 it opened in Los Angeles at the Mark Taper Forum earning a rave from the LA Times which called it "smart, abrasively funny and fiendishly provocative, with a uniformly excellent cast." CLYBOURNE PARK came to Broadway in March 2012.
In CLYBOURNE PARK, Bruce Norris imagines the history of one of the most important houses in literary history, both before and after it becomes a focal point in Lorraine Hansberry's classic A Raisin in the Sun . In 1956, the house, which is located in a white neighborhood at 406 Clybourne St. in Chicago, is sold to an African-American family (the Younger family in A Raisin in the Sun). Then in 2009 after the neighborhood has changed into an African-American community, the house is sold to a white couple. It is through this prism of property ownership that Norris' lacerating sense of humor dissects race relations and middle class hypocrisies in America.
Pam MacKinnon, who directed the original Playwrights Horizons production, staged the play's Broadway debut along with the original cast, Crystal A. Dickinson (Broke-ology), Brendan Griffin, Damon Gupton, Christina Kirk, Annie Parisse, Jeremy Shamos (The Rivals), and Frank Wood.
Allen Lee Hughes