The Guthrie continues its anniversary season with an explosive, award-winning satire on America's uneasy relationship with race. Bruce Norris's award-winning Clybourne Park is positioned as a response to Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. The play connects two acts separated by 50 years by using the same cast in each part to explore issues of identity, gentrification, and American progress. Act One is set before the events of A Raisin in the Sun, examining how the news that a black family buying a home in a white neighborhood is received. Act two reverses the situation. It is 50 years later, the neighborhood is primarily African-American, and a white family is about to make the move. Norris won the Pulitzer and a Tony for his script, and the play was a sensation in New York when it premiered in 2010. Lisa Peterson returns to the Guthrie as director, following her success last season with Tennessee Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The company includes Ansa Akyea, Sha Cage, Emily Gunyou Halaas, Peter Christian Hansen, Steven Lee Johnson, Jim Lichtscheidl, Bill McCallum, and Kathryn Meisle.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m.; Sundays, 1 p.m. Starts: June 1. Continues through Aug. 4, 2013