SynopsisOn two separate afternoons, 50 years apart, a modest bungalow on Chicago’s northwest side becomes a contested site in the politics of race. September 1959: Russ and Bev are moving out to the suburbs. They’ve inadvertently sold the house to the neighborhood’s first black family and ignited a community showdown. September 2009: the neighborhood is ripe for gentrification and the house is again changing hands. This time to a young white couple with plans for demolition and a knack for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. In a provocative nod to A Raisin in the Sun, Pulitzer Prize winner Bruce Norris takes a hilarious look at what happens when home becomes a battleground.
Thursday, September 29, October 16, October 13, & October 27
Post-Show Plus with Bill Savage
Tuesday October 18, October 25, & November 1
Sunday, October 16 at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 22 at 3pm
Audio Description and Touch Tour
Sunday, October 30
Touch Tour: 1:30pm
Watch & Listen
Cast & Artists
- Costume Design: Nan Cibula-Jenkins
- Lighting Design: Pat Collins
- Directed by: ensemble member Amy Morton
- Author:ensemble member Bruce Norris
- Sound Design: Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen
- Scenic Design: Todd Rosenthal
Featured Ensemble Members
“A brilliant tribute to ‘A Raisin in the Sun’”
“Convincingly and powerfully portrayed, the performances electric. I was mesmerized.”
—Time Out Chicago
An apology to Steppenwolf and the "entire city of Chicago" for not mentioning us during his 2012 Tony acceptance speech for Clybourne Park.
An interview with Clybourne Park playwright Bruce Norris and Artistic Producer Rebecca Rugg
By Artistic Producer Rebecca Rugg and Associate Professor of Theatre, Northwestern University, Harvey Young, Jr. Excerpted from Re-Imagining A Raisin in the Sun: Former New Plays, forthcoming from NU press.
A conversation with Bill Savage, Distinguished Senior Lecturer, Northwestern University and Martha Lavey, Steppenwolf Artistic Director
Lorraine Hansberry’s classic American play, A Raisin in the Sun, was the inspiration for Bruce Norris’s new work Clybourne Park. While A Raisin in the Sun is a dramatic fiction, it is based on Hansberry’s real-life experience as a child, when her family moved in to Chicago’s segregated Washington Park neighborhood.
Artistic Director Martha Lavey's welcome letter to Clybourne Park.