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2011 pulitzer prize-winner for drama

Clybourne Park

Apr 2 - Apr 28, 2012
Berkeley Street Theatre
Bruce Norris
Joel Greenberg
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About the Play

"EXPLOSIVE! EXCEPTIONAL! EXHILARATING! This is the BEST: one of the few award-winning plays that actually deserves its prize. Subversive humour that is bitingly HILARIOUS. Under Joel Greenberg's direction, this is a BRILLIANT feat of ensemble work." - Robert Cushman, National Post

"A NASTY & BRILLIANT Pulitzer Prize-winning COMEDY. Digs into the politics of race & class buried beneath housing bubbles & bidding wars. The production SOARS!"
- J. Kelly Nestruck, The Globe and Mail

"CUTTING SATIRE & surgically incisive drama. The audience GASPED." - Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star

"EXCELLENT! Thought-provoking & hilarious! It finds the PERFECT balance between awkwardness, discomfort & humour. EVERYONE SHOULD SEE THIS PLAY—you’ll laugh, you’ll squirm & leave with a new perspective on discussions happening in our own city right now." - Dave Ross, The Charlebois Post

"HILARIOUS! Fascinating play & WONDERFUL production. The cast is TERRIFIC!" - Lynn Slotkin, CIUT FM & SlotkinLetter.com

a studio 180 theatre production in association with canadian stage

A battle over race and real estate rages across two generations in a Chicago neighbourhood in this hilariously unsettling play inspired by A Raisin in the Sun.

audience advisory

Ages 16+, mature themes and strong language.


Audrey Dwyer (Francine/Lena)
Michael Healey (Russ/Dan)
Sterling Jarvis (Albert/Kevin)
Jeff Lillico (Jim/Tom/Kenneth)
Mark McGrinder (Karl/Steve)
Kimwun Perehinec (Betsy/Lindsey)
Maria Ricossa (Bev/Kathy)

creative team

Original Scenery & Costume Design - David Boechler
Costumes - Michelle Bailey
Set - Jung-Hye Kim
Lighting Design - Kimberly Purtell
Sound Design - Lyon Smith
Props - Mary Spyrakis & Vanessa Janiszewski
Stage Manager - Robert Harding
Assistant Stage Manager - Laura Baxter
Assistant Director - Ray Strachan
Production Manager - Nathaniel Kennedy


Critics on both sides of the Atlantic are raving about this new comedy-drama by American playwright Bruce Norris.

Act I finds us in the middle-class Chicago suburb of Clybourne Park. It's 1959, and grieving parents Bev and Russ are packing up to move.  When it turns out the family wanting to purchase their home is "coloured," a storm of protest erupts in the neighbourhood.

If this sounds familiar, you're right - Act I echoes real-life events made famous in Lorraine Hansberry’s seminal 1959 Broadway smash A Raisin in The Sun.

But then things get really interesting.

In Act II we return to the same house, but now it's 2009.  The same actors appear, this time playing different roles.

Clybourne Park is now an all-black neighbourhood on its way to yuppie gentrification, and a white couple wants to buy and tear down the house.  The all-black local residents’ association has surprisingly familiar arguments about why "outsiders" should keep out of established neighbourhoods.

The action escalates to a never-to-be-forgotten, viciously funny exchange of racist jokes that, according to London's The Telegraph, "sets the audience on a roar of laughter and disbelief and is one of the most astonishing scenes in recent theatre."

Norris is the king of satiric comedy, and can skewer middle-class liberalism like nobody else.  The West End production of Clybourne Park was hailed by The Guardian as "offensively delicious" and by The Evening Standard as "the funniest play of the year."

The play scooped the Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as the Laurence Olivier Award for best new play, both for 2011.  We can’t wait to share this exclusive Canadian premiere with you!

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