Prospect Theater Project is announcing auditions for our production of Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park, directed by Carin Heidelbach (The Women, The Clean House).
406 Clybourne Street, near the northwest of central Chicago. A white community in 1950’s Chicago frets about the African American family about to move in. Fast-forward to our present day, and the same house represents very different demographics. Irreverently climbing through the looking-glass of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic A RAISIN IN THE SUN, these contemporary characters explode into caustic comedy to reveal how far our ideas of race and gentrification have evolved—or have they?
Actor 1: In Act I (1958): Russ (Caucasian, late 40s), a man who is unable to get over the loss of his son and is moving out of the house in which his son committed suicide. In Act II (2008): Dan: Workman beginning the renovations for the home’s new owners.
�Actor 2: In Act I (1958): Bev (Caucasian woman, 40s). Married to Russ. Cheerful woman who wants to help her husband overcome his grief for the loss of their son. In Act II (2008): Kathy: Lawyer helping the new homeowners negotiate a petition brought against them by the homeowners’ association concerning planned renovations for their home. �
Actor 3: In Act I (1958): Francine (African American woman, late 30s), Russ and Bev’s housekeeper who is inadvertently pulled into a debate concerning the neighborhood and the possible change of its demographic. In Act II (2008): Lena: Determined to keep her neighborhood a historical district and prevent the new homeowners’ planned renovations.
�Actor 4: In Act I (1958): Jim (Caucasian, late 20s): The local pastor. Asked by the homeowners’ association to convince Russ and Bev not to sell their home to a black family. In Act II (2008): Tom: Neighbor arguing for preserving the historical look of the community.�
Actor 5: In Act I (1958): Albert (African American, late 30s). Married to Francine. Helpful man, trying to keep himself and his wife out of the neighborhood’s argument. In Act II (2008): Kevin: Married to Lena. Defending his wife’s desire to preserve the neighborhood.�
Actor 6: In Act I (1958): Karl (Caucasian, late 30s). Determined to preserve his neighborhood and property value by trying to stop the sale of the home to a black family. In Act II (2008): Steve: Married to Lindsey. The new homeowner who wants to renovate his new house to a larger scale than the historical single-family-home model.�
Actor 7: In Act I (1958): Betsy (Caucasian, late 20s). Karl’s pregnant, deaf wife. Becomes lost in the conversation as it turns more volatile. In Act II (2008): Lindsey: Steve’s pregnant wife. Hearing. Fighting to understand why the community is against her renovations and to convince them otherwise.