Warren Wilson College will perform the play “Clybourne Park” November 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Kittredge Theatre at Warren Wilson College.
In a poignant play surrounding the difficult topics of gentrification and racism in real estate, Clybourne Park provokes a sense of discomfort in its audience, providing equal measures of both important revelations and insightful humor.
“The play provides a provocative commentary on a circumstance that many cities are facing these days, and it makes good points on both sides,” said Candace Taylor, director and chair of the Warren Wilson College Theatre Department. “It will make the audience wrestle with where they are on either side of the spectrum.”
The play serves as both a period perspective and a modern insight on Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun.” It tackles difficult conversations with bold humor and sharp wit under the pretense of dry real estate.
When a white couple moves away from the neighborhood of Clybourne Park and a black family moves in, they cause an uproar in the community. Years later, in 2009, the neighborhood is now home to many African American families. When a house is sold to a white family, conflict arises once more over prejudice, proprietary privilege, historic value and gentrification.
Clybourne Park is the only play to win the Triple Crown of theatrical awards—the Pulitzer, the Tony and the Lawrence Olivier.
This is the first production of the theatre department’s 2019-2020 season. This year’s theme, “Power of Place,” celebrates the 125th anniversary of Warren Wilson College.
Tickets are available at https://wwcclybournepark.bpt.me/.
Note: this production is not recommended for children under the age of 15.
For information call 828-771-3040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.