McDaniel College Theatre presents Bruce Norris’s darkly funny play, “Clybourne Park,” March 6 through March 9 at 7:30 p.m. in WMC Alumni Hall. The production is directed by Maryland Ensemble Theatre Artistic Director, Tad Janes.
Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, “Clybourne Park,” explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. Inspired by Lorraine Hansberry's, “A Raisin in the Sun,” “Clybourne Park” portrays fictional events set before and after the Hansberry play, and is loosely based on historical events that took place in the city of Chicago.
Act One is set in 1959, as white community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.
The cast consists of McDaniel students Zack Callis, Karly Congero, Matt Foley, Kiah Hyman, JP Kim, Lauren McKenna, Sam Shoemaker, Kevin Tyson and the ASL coach for the show is Kendall Harnsberger.
Of the play, director Janes says, “This is such an interesting concept – to set the first act of the play from the home sellers perspective of the people that sold the house to the Younger family from Lorraine Hansberry's impactful work ‘A Raisin in the Sun!’ Bruce Norris has not attempted to compete with Hansberry's play, but, compliment it, add to her story, then flip that idea by moving Act II into 2009 and look at neighborhood gentrification.”
“'Clybourne Park,' personally, is very interesting to me as I spent five years in Chicago, and I am familiar with the neighborhoods and the issues that come with gentrifying those neighborhoods.”
“In addition, the idea of actors getting to play two different, in depth, characters (one in each act) is a very fun idea, and I know my cast will have a great learning experience finding these characters and building a strong team to present the show.”
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors, students, military, and the McDaniel College community. For more information, call the box office at 410-857-2448.
Saturday, March 9 at 7:30pm
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