Along with the Academy’s production of A Raisin in the Sun will be a FREE staged reading and discussion of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize winning play, Clybourne Park.
Written in by Bruce Norris, the play portrays fictional events set before and after the Hansberry play. This razor-sharp new satire takes a jab at race and real estate in a fictional Chicago neighborhood. The play begins in 1959 as a black family moves into a white enclave. Act Two takes us back to the same house in 2009 as gentrification sets in and the roles are reversed.
Race relations in the United States and in our city of Lynchburg remain complex and tense. The Black Lives Matter movement and the 2016 presidential election have prompted more discussions on race nationally. Locally, gentrification has become a focus in Lynchburg with the downtown revitalization and a city-wide poverty rate of nearly 25%.There will be a post reading discussion following Clybourne Park that examines how the play relates to our own city, our struggles with race, and our ever changing neighborhoods in the Hill City.
This reading will be directed by Jennifer Lipford Petticolas, one of the Lynchburg area’s most beloved and experienced directors.
*Be advised that the play contains strong adult language and may not be suitable for everyone.
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