Tuesday, 2nd to Saturday, 6th September, 2014 Bell Theatre - 20:00
Clybourne Park was written in 2009 in response to the 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, portraying fictional events set before and after the Hansberry play. Loosely based on historical events which took place in Chicago, it applies a modern twist to the issues of race, housing and aspirations for a better life, highlighting what may lie beneath the surface of political correctness in even apparently liberal-minded people.
Bruce Norris’s play deals with racial prejudice, territorialism and marital discord. The themes of the play are cleverly echoed in the two acts, set 50 years apart in one Chicago house in the neighbourhood of Clybourne Park.
Bastian returns homes for Thanksgiving with news of "joining the service". Mother suggests he join a gym. Bastian's news takes a backseat when his sister, Rissa, suddenly decides that she's pregnant, and though not yet showing, expects to deliver "any minute now". Both children are then bombarded with Mother's news of an older bother that they've never known about, Thom, ...