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CLYBOURNE PARK is a play by Bruce Norris written as a spin-off to Lorraine Hansberry's renowned play A RAISIN IN THE SUN (1959). It picks up where Hansberry left off, as the Youngers (a black family) decides to move from a South Side Chicago neighborhood to the all-white Clybourne Park. The story in CLYBOURNE PARK explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. We meet the Stollers, the white homeowners who decided to sell their house (purchased by the Youngers). In Act 1, still set in 1959, we meet the Stollers, the white residents of Clybourne Park who have sold their home to the Youngers without ever having met. Unaware of the integration headed their way, Karl Linder, the head of the Neighborhood Association who appeared in RAISIN, returns from his encounter with the Youngers, unable to sway their decision to move. Dan and Bev Stoller now find themselves at odds with their community, their past, and with each other.
Act 2 fast forwards fifty years to 2009, and we find ourselves in the same house under very different circumstances. What has now become a predominately black neighborhood struggles to maintain its integrity and historic value as a white family seeks to purchase, demolish and rebuild a larger house in its place. CLYBOURNE PARK is a powerful and hilarious look into race, privilege, community, and gentrification.