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“Clybourne Park” Explores Race in Two Acts

Set in the same neighborhood as Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking A Raisin in the Sun, the satire runs March 22-25 at Ursinus College.

The first act takes place in 1959, in the white neighborhood highlighted in Hansberry’s Raisin where the white community is resistant to the sale of a home to a black family. In the second act—set in present day—a white couple purchases the home, now in a predominantly black neighborhood.  

Performances are in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center on the Ursinus College campus on Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, March 25 at 2 p.m.

Clybourne Park is directed by Domenick Scudera, a professor of theater, who says he and the cast hope the production sparks a healthy dialogue among the audience.

“Both acts explore race in America with biting comedy and commentary as two sets of characters face their own prejudices,” he says. “We chose Clybourne Park to fit in with our season-long theme of ‘resistance.’ In this play, the characters are resistant to change.” 

Scudera also highlights the great acting challenge for the student actors as almost all of the cast members play two roles and must create an entirely different atmosphere for each act. Scudera is joined by professional theater designers Meghan Jones (scenic design), Shannon Zura (lighting design) and Brian Strachan (costume design), who have also been challenged to created two different time periods in the same production.

Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased online at ursinus.edu/tickets and they will be available at the box office before the show. For inquiries, please contact boxoffice@ursinus.edu or (610) 409-3030. —By Taylor Manferdini ’13