CLYBOURNE PARK Talk on the Steps by Susanne Shawyer

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Susanne Shawyer explains the connections between CLYBOURNE PARK and A RAISIN IN THE SUN in her Talk on the Steps 15 April 2016. Photo by Tony Spielberg.

Assistant Professor of Theatre History Susanne Shawyer describes the connections between Bruce Norris’s 2010 play Clybourne Park and Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 script A Raisin in the Sun in her Talk on the Steps for Clybourne Park, 15 April 2016. She explained how both scripts center around a home in Chicago, based on the house at 6140 S. Rhodes Avenue that Lorraine Hansberry’s father Carl purchased in 1937, and that became the center of the Supreme Court case Hansberry v Lee in 1940. Setting his script in that same house but in two different time periods–1959 and 2009–allowed Bruce Norris to demonstrate that the complex racial issues of the 1950s still resonate and remain unresolved today.

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