Clybourne Park

By Bruce Norris

Marx Theatre | Jan. 18 - Feb. 16, 2014

Called "ferociously smart" by The New York Times and "uproariously funny" by Entertainment Weekly, Clybourne Park is the most acclaimed play of the decade — winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play. In two acts set 50 years apart, the same Chicago bungalow sits at a volatile intersection of race and real estate, initially in 1959 with its sale to the neighborhood's first black family, and then in 2009, during the first wave of role-reversing gentrification. While the stakes have changed, the debate remains strikingly familiar in this razor-sharp satire.

"Brilliant ... dangerous and provocative, but pulverizingly funny to boot." – Variety

Advisory: Clybourne Park is recommended for adults and older teenage audiences. It contains adult themes, racial conversations and strong adult language. Please contact the Box Office if you have questions or require additional information.

Running Time: The show runs approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one intermission.



Production Sponsor

Moe and Jack Rouse

Sallie and Randolph Wadsworth

Season Sponsor

Season Design Sponsor

Season Sponsor of New Work

The Lois and Richard Rosenthal Foundation

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Shades of Grey

Prologue, January 2014

The Playhouse is proud to kick off the second half of its Marx Theatre season with Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park, running Jan. 18 through Feb. 16.

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Bruce Norris Talks Clybourne Park

Prologue, January 2014

Bruce Norris talks about blurring the lines between "good" and "bad" and provoking an audience.

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Parallel Plays

Clybourne Park Program, January 2014

Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park takes its inspiration from another play: Lorraine Hansberry's seminal drama A Raisin in the Sun.

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Preview Performances

Jan. 18, 2014, at 8 p.m.; Jan. 19, 2014, at 2 p.m.; Jan. 21, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 22, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.

Be among the first to see the show before opening night and save! Preview performance tickets are discounted and begin at just $30. Not valid with other discounts.

Opening Night

Jan. 23, 2014, at 8 p.m.

Share the excitement of Thursday opening nights with a lively post-show cast party with complimentary hors d'oeuvres.

Meet the Artists

Jan. 26, 2014, at 2 p.m.; Jan. 29, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 9, 2014, at 2 p.m.; Feb. 13, 2014, at 8 p.m.

Join in stimulating discussions with cast and crew following the performances.

Playhouse Perspectives Post-Show Talk Backs

The Playhouse will host a brief, approximately 20-minute, talk back following all performances of Clybourne Park (with the exception of opening night and performances already followed by a Meet the Artists event). Let us know your thoughts about the play and the issues it addresses.

Funding for the talk backs is generously provided by Roderick and Barbara Barr.

New Play Reading Series

The Etiquette of Vigilance
By Robert O’Hara
Monday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Playhouse's rehearsal hall

Inspired by A Raisin in the Sun, The Etiquette of Vigilance picks up 50 years after Travis and his parents became the first black family to integrate Chicago’s Clybourne Park neighborhood. Now, Lorraine, his daughter and the first member of her family to attend college, is struggling with the pressures of fulfilling her family’s dream. The Etiquette of Vigilance premiered as part of Steppenwolf’s First Look Repertory of New Work in 2010. Robert O’Hara — winner of NAACP, Helen Hayes and Obie awards for directing and the Oppenheimer Award for Best New American Play for playwriting — directed the 2006 Playhouse production In the Continuum. He is a graduate of Walnut Hills High School who now resides in New York City.

The play reading is free, but reservations are required. To register, contact the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888. View the entire play reading series.

HOME Community Forum

Thursday, Feb. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m.
at the United Way, 2400 Reading Rd.

The Playhouse will join with Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) and the University of Cincinnati’s Kunz Center for Social Research for a community-wide forum and discussion about Clybourne Park. Join panelists Kathryne Gardette, president of the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation; Jeffrey Timberlake, urban sociologist at the University of Cincinnati; and Clybourne Park director Timothy Douglas to discuss the ideas presented in the play and how they manifest themselves today in the Cincinnati region.

Both the forum and parking are free, but advance registration is required. To register, call 513-977-2623 or email HOME’s mission is to eliminate unlawful discrimination in housing, with a primary focus on racial discrimination. Established in 1968, HOME advocates and enforces housing regulations for all protected classes and promotes stable, integrated communities. HOME primarily serves the Greater Cincinnati metropolitan area. For more information, visit  

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