Clybourne Park (play)

'Clybourne Park' a story of race relations 50 years apart

Times change and so do neighborhoods. Those facts are at the center of Bruce Norris' "Clybourne Park," which runs through Oct. 25 at Open Door Theater. Act 1 takes place in 1959, when a black family attempts to purchase a house in an all-white neighborhood. It's intentional that Norris called the neighborhood Clybourne Park, which was the town the Younger Family hoped to move to in Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun." Act 2 takes place in that same house 50 years later in what is now a predominantly black neighborhood that is threatened with gentrification. Artistic Director Mary Pat Sieck of Oak Park, who directs the production, noted that the...