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by Bruce Norris

September 8–22, 2012
Previews: Sept. 6–7

Johnson Theater, TPAC

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It is said that home is where the heart is. But Clybourne Park—a “buzz saw sharp comedy” which won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play—questions that in ways that are every bit as provocative as they are entertaining.

Picking up where Lorraine Hansberry left us in A Raisin in the Sun, a white community in 1950s Chicago splinters over the black family about to move in. Fast-forward to our present day, and the same house represents very different demographics. Jokes fly and hidden agendas unfold as two vastly different generations of characters tip-toe the delicate dance of social politics, pitting race against real estate at the crux of two seminal events. These hilarious and horrifying neighbors pitch a battle over territory and legacy that reveals how far our ideas about race and gentrification have evolved... or have they?

Copeland Says
“I read Clybourne Park before it won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and knew that Tennessee Rep had to do produce this scathing comedy. I later saw it at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, which only confirmed my zeal for this play.

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However, a New York run was pending and so rights to produce the play were not going to be available to us for 2012-13. But at Christmastime, when I was already deep into season selection without Clybourne Park, I received word that it would be available to us after all. I was so elated that I immediately threw out my season plans as they stood at that time and started recreating the season to lead off with Clybourne Park. Bruce Norris has written a contemporary masterpiece that is brilliant, funny, and very provocative. I’m excited and proud that we get to bring it to Tennessee first. When I saw it in Chicago one of the amazing things about the experience was sitting in a racially diverse audience and finding that everyone had reason to do some squirming….black or white, it will make you think about your assumptions and what you think is or isn’t offensive to the race that’s not you. Norris’s ear for dialogue is uncanny, and the story he tells will pull you in and not let you go from start to finish.”


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