Song & Stage

‘Clybourne Park,’ Opening Thursday in Quogue, Explores Discrimination, Gentrification

Clybourne Park, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play, opens Thursday, March 12, in Quogue for a three-week run by Hampton Theatre Company.

Bruce Norris wrote the play as a spin-off to 1959’s A Raisin in the Sun,  by Lorraine Hansberry. Clybourne Park has two acts, with the first set in 1959 and the second taking place in the same house 50 years later. In the first act, community leaders attempt to stop the sale of a house to a black family. Then in the second act, the seven cast members take on new roles, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood confronts gentrification.

Though Clybourne Park deals with serious and often uncomfortable topics, it is a comedy, and a witty one at that.

The cast includes Hampton Theatre Company veterans Matt Conlon, Joe Pallister, Ben Schnickel and Rebecca Edana, and newcomers to the Quogue stage Juanita Frederick, Shonn McCloud, and Anette Michelle Sanders.

Hampton Theatre Company executive director Sarah Hunnewell directs.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students under 21 with ID.

Clybourne Park runs at the Quogue Community Hall from March 12 through 29, with shows on Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit hamptontheatre.org or call 866-811-4111. The box office opens 30 minutes before curtain.

The Hampton Theatre Company will again be offering special dinner and theater packages in collaboration with the Southampton, Westhampton Beach, Hampton Bays and Quogue libraries. Information about the dinner and theater packages is available on the company website, hamptontheatre.org, or through the libraries.

Juanita Frederick, Shonn McCloud, Joe Pallister, Ben Schnickel, Rebecca Edana and Anette Michelle Sanders.  Tom Kochie photo.
Juanita Frederick, Shonn McCloud, Joe Pallister, Ben Schnickel, Rebecca Edana and Anette Michelle Sanders.
Photo credit: Tom Kochie
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