Friday, February 3, 2017

Questions on Race Tonight at Steel River Playhouse

From left, cast members Allison Fisher, TiaChanel Allen

and Marc Shule.
Tonight is the opening night for Steel River Playhouse's latest show, Clybourne Park.

And it's more than just opening night, because after the show, you enjoy open conversation and ask questions with Leena Devlin, Managing Artistic Director and Dave Paczkowski, Diversity Leader at Vertex, Inc.

Directed by Rebecca May Flowers, with a cast of Marc, Allison, TiaChanel, Chris, Jerry, Joe, Lauren and Zach, "Clybourne Park" is a wickedly funny and fiercely provocative play about the volatile combination of race and real estate.

"Clybourne Park" is written by Bruce Norris.  and is winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, London’s Olivier Award for Best Play and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play.

The show, which will be staged tonight through Feb. 19, contains mature themes and adult language and not suitable for younger audiences.

Act One opens in 1959, as a white couple sells their home to a black family (the Younger family in A Raisin In the Sun), causing uproar in their middle-class neighborhood. 

Act Two finds the same house, in 2009, changing hands again. And, while the stakes have changed over the years, the debate remains strikingly similar as neighbors wage a hilarious and horrifying pitched battle over territory and legacy that reveals just how far our ideas about race and gentrification have evolved – or, have they? 

Tickets range from $15 to $22.

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