CLYBOURNE PARK and A RAISIN IN THE SUN weekend of public engagement

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Both plays are inspired by Carl Hansberry’s purchase of a home in a Chicago neighborhood with a racially restrictive housing covenant, which resulted in the Supreme Court case Hansberry v. Lee in 1940.

Please join us for exciting events surrounding the Department of Performing Arts’ production of Clybourne Park this weekend!

Bruce Norris’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play Clybourne Park is a serious and surprisingly funny exploration of community, history, race, and identity. Each performance will be preceded by a Talk on the Steps that engages with issues of race, community, or theatre history. In addition, the Department of Performing Arts is producing a staged reading of Lorraine Hansberry’s iconic 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun to complement and deepen audiences’ experiences. (Although Clybourne Park is loosely inspired by events in A Raisin in the Sun, audiences do not need to know A Raisin in the Sun to enjoy Clybourne Park.) Finally, there will be a Talkback following the Sunday performance of Clybourne Park open to the entire Elon community.

Full schedule of events:

  • Thursday April 14 @7pm: Professor of History Mary Jo Festle will discuss racism and segregation in Chicago in a Talk on the Steps in the McCrary Theatre lobby before opening night of Clybourne Park
  • Thursday April 14 @7:30pm: Clybourne Park performance in the McCrary Theatre
  • Friday April 15 @3pm: Student dramaturg Alexis Williams, an English and Spanish double major, will explore themes in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun in a Talk on the Steps in Yeager Recital Hall
  • Friday April 15 @3:30pm: staged reading of A Raisin in the Sun in Yeager Recital Hall
  • Friday April 15 @7pm: Dramaturg and Assistant Professor of Theatre History Susanne Shawyer will examine the connections between the two plays in a Talk on the Steps in the McCrary Theatre lobby
  • Friday April 15 @7:30pm: Clybourne Park performance in the McCrary Theatre
    Saturday April 16 @3:30pm: staged reading of A Raisin in the Sun in Yeager Recital Hall
  • Saturday April 16 @7pm: Student dramaturg Joshua Tyler Parrott, a Music Theatre and Arts Administration double major, will share his dramaturgical research into Clybourne Park in a Talk on the Steps in the McCrary Theatre lobby 
  • Saturday April 16 @ 7:30pm: Clybourne Park performance in the McCrary Theatre
  • Sunday April 17 @1:30pm: Associate Provost for Inclusive Community and Professor of Communications Brooke Barnett will explore Elon University’s approach to diversity and discuss campus diversity initiatives in a Talk on the Steps in the McCrary Theatre lobby
  • Sunday April 17 @2pm:  Clybourne Park performance in the McCrary Theatre
  • Sunday April 17 @4:15pm: Public Talkback about the performances in the McCrary Theatre. All welcome.

Remember that you don’t need a ticket to attend a Talk on the Steps or the Sunday afternoon Talkback!

The staged reading of A Raisin in the Sun is directed by Kevin Hoffmann, and is free and open to the public.
Clybourne Park is directed by Kirby Wahl, and tickets are available at the Center for the Arts box office (free with Elon ID, or $13)

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