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Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 4:00 am

Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) closes its 2012-2013 season with the eagerly anticipated Arizona premiere of  Bruce Norris’ multi-award-winning, provocative new comedy, “Clybourne Park”. Performances commence in Tucson for three weeks and continue to Phoenix for an additional three weeks. 

ATC’s “Clybourne Park” opens at the Temple of Music and Art, running from April 6 through April 27. It continues its run in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater Center from May 2 through May 19. 

“Clybourne Park” takes place in one Chicago home, spanning 50 years. Two vastly different generations of characters wrestle with the inherent issues that surface when facing the realities of social politics. Pitting race against real estate in two seminal events taking place five decades apart, a north Chicago home becomes a wildly hilarious and provoking battleground of race, real estate, and political correctness. 

Playwright Bruce Norris wrote “Clybourne Park” as a response to Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking 1959 play, “A Raisin in the Sun.” It portrays fictional events set before and after Hansberry’s play, exploring the neighborhood and house in which the central characters decide to move. Norris’ clever and biting, rapid-fire dialog brings “Clybourne Park” to life.  Winning an almost unprecedented triple-crown, Norris’ play won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, as well as London’s 2011 Olivier Award for Best Play. 

“Clybourne Park” is a co-production with Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and is directed by its acclaimed Artistic Director, Mark Clements.

 “When I first read the truly extraordinary “Clybourne Park” it knocked me off my feet. It confronts huge subjects: gentrification, race relations and political correctness, among others,” said Director Mark Clements. “It’s hard for any play to tackle any one of those things, but to take on so many and to take them on so brilliantly and fluidly without lecturing the audiences – while at the same time being hilariously funny – is an extraordinary feat. I’ve been looking forward to directing this modern masterpiece all season.”

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