Currently playing at The Fugard Theatre in Cape Town is Bruce Norris’ smash hit Broadway and West End comedy, Clybourne Park.
The Pulitzer, Tony and Olivier award-winning play is set in Chicago in 1959 and begins with Russ and Bev selling their desirable two-bedroom house in Clybourne Park, a move which enables the first black family to move into the neighbourhood, creating ripples of discontent amongst the cosy white suburbanites.
Fast forward to 2009, the same property is being bought by a young white couple, Lindsey and Steve, whose plan to raze and redevelop the house stirs similar echoes of unhappiness in the now all black community.
Scathingly funny and uncomfortably honest, the play explores the fault line between race and property. It is an inspired response to Lorraine Hansberry’s renowned play, A Raisin in the Sun, with that play’s protagonists, The Youngers, as the young black family moving to Clybourne Park.
“Clybourne Park is a milestone play that examines our sense of otherness and issues such as the language we use with each other, gentrification, heritage and community, in an unapologetically searing but bitingly witty manner,” says Eric Abraham, founding producer and owner of the Fugard Theatre. “These are conversations that are pertinent to South Africans, and we are thrilled to be presenting the South African premiere of this Pulitzer, Tony and Olivier Award-winning play at The Fugard Theatre.”
Directed by Greg Karvellas (Bad Jews) the play features an all-star cast of Susan Danford, Andrew Buckland, Pope Jerrod, Lesoko Seabe, Scott Sparrow, Jenny Stead and Nicholas Pauling.
Set design is by Saul Radomsky (Shadow of the Hummingbird, Orpheus in Africa) and costume design is by Birrie Le Roux (West Side Story, Orpheus in Africa).
Showtimes for Clybourne Park, which runs until October 1, are 8 pm Tuesday to Saturday. Tickets R120 to R240 – phone 021 461 4554 to book.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Clybourne Park was the winner of the Tony Award for best play (2012), Olivier Award for best new play (2011) and Pulitzer Drama Prize (2011).