Sunday, April 15, 2012

Quote from Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun"

It is the 1950s. The matriarch of the Younger family has returned home - a broken down apartment in Chicago's Southside - from an afternoon of running errands. She announces that she has purchased a nice little three bedroom house and the family is moving.
Ruth: Where?

Mama: Four o six Clybourne Street, Clybourne Park

Ruth: Clybourne Park? Mama, there ain't no colored people living in Clybourne Park.

Mama: We'll, I guess there's going to be some now.
Fans of Lorraine Hansberry's classic A Raisin in the Sun will want to experience Bruce Norris' Pulitzer price winning, provocative drama - Clybourne Park now playing on Broadway after an Off Broadway run at Playwright Horizons. In the first act, we meet the white family who is selling their home to the Youngers. We also meet Karl Liinder once again - the white man who tries to prevent the Youngers from moving to Clybourne Park because "Negro families are happier when they live in their own communities." Act II cleverly moves forward 50 years. The Clybourne Park neighborhood is primarily black but undergoing a re-gentrification. A white couple is now trying to buy 406 Clybourne St. What ensues is a fascinating discussion on race - past and present. 
A Raisin in the Sun and Clybourne Park - two excellent must sees!! Cybourne Park runs for the next 16 weeks on Broadway.

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