Chicago // Bruce Norris’ Provocative ‘Clybourne Park’ @ UIC Theatre | Feb. 21 – Mar. 2

'Clybourne Park'

‘Clybourne Park’ (2011)

Bruce Norris ‘ Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning 2010 play Clybourne Park will be showing at the University of Illinois at Chicago as part of the school’s Black History Month celebration , starting February 21st.

Written in response to Lorraine Hansberry ‘s A Raisin in the Sun (1959), Clybourne Park tackles “gentrification and perceptions of community” in an “excruciatingly funny and squirm-inducing evocation of the fault line between race and property.”

In 1959, when White Chicago homeowners fearing “White flight” 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 A Raisin in the Sun .”

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.

The historical context of both A Raisin in the Sun and Clybourne Park is that Hansberry’s parents bought a house in the White neighborhood of Washington Park in 1937, which resulted in a legal case ( Hansberry v. Lee, 311 U.S. 32 (1940) ).

The Hansberry family home (6140 S. Rhodes) was declared an historic landmark by the Chicago City Council on February 10, 2010.

Clybourne Park (2010)

‘Clybourne Park’ (2010)

Clybourne Park premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons on February 21, 2010 and closed on March 21, 2010 under the direction of Pam MacKinnon .

It has been produced at almost a dozen theatres, including Maryland’s Centerstage in Summer 2013, the Dallas Theater Center in Fall 2013, and Michigan’s Grand Rapids Civic Theatre in January 2014. The UIC show will be directed by assistant professor of theatre Derrick Sanders .


  • February 21, 7:30 pm
  • February 22, 7:30 pm
  • February 23, 2:00 pm
  • February 25, 12:00 pm
  • February 26, 2:00 pm
  • February 27, 7:30 pm
  • February 28, 7:30 pm
  • March 2 at 2:00 pm


UIC Theatre
1044 W Harrison St
(at Morgan St)
Chicago, IL 60607


UIC students: $11
Other Students: $12
UIC Faculty/Staff: $14
General Public: $16


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