CLYBOURNE PARK

Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, “Clybourne Park” is a razor-sharp satire about the politics of race. Inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin In The Sun,” “Clybourne Park” is a provocative comedy/drama set in the same house but before and after the events of Hansberry’s play. Act one takes place in 1959 when Russ and Bev are moving to the Chicago suburbs, selling their home to the neighborhood’s first black family. Act two is decades later when a young white couple buys the same property. Now a predominately black community battles to protect the historic qualities of the community in the face of gentrification. As described by The Washington Post, the play "applies a modern twist to the issues of race and housing and aspirations for a better life."

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SENSE AND SENSIBILITY

Set in gossipy 18th-century England, playwright Kate Hamill’s fresh, comic take on Jane Austen’s beloved novel, “Sense and Sensibility,” follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. Together the women must learn to mix sense with sensibility to find happiness in a society where love is ruled by money. Written with a fresh female voice, the play is full of humor, emotional depth, and bold theatricality. “Sense and Sensibility” examines our reactions, both reasonable and ridiculous, to societal pressures. When reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart?

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OUR TOWN

A landmark in American drama, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Our Town” tells the story of life in the mythical small town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, in order to tell us the story of life in every town, the world over. First produced in 1938, it has become an American classic and is Wilder’s most renowned and most frequently performed play. An exploration of the universal human experience, “Our Town” asks timeless questions about the meaning of love, life and death. Described by playwright Edward Albee as “the greatest American play ever written."

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RENT

Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Musical, “Rent” is a rock musical with music, lyrics, and book by Jonathan Larson, loosely based on Giacomo Puccini's 1896 opera “La Bohème.” It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in Lower Manhattan's East Village in the 1980s, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

“Rent” ran for twelve years on Broadway, was seen as a groundbreaking work regarding the AIDS epidemic in America, and is one of the most popular stage musicals in theater history.

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