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Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Bruce Norris provokes with 'Clybourne Park'




Bruce Norris, winner of Best New Play for
Bruce Norris, winner of Best New Play for "Clybourne Park" poses in the press room during The Olivier Awards 2011 at the Theatre Royal on March 13, 2011 in London, England.
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Have you ever seen a movie or a play and wondered what happened to the characters before or after the fictional events of the story took place? Bruce Norris may have – because that’s the inspiration behind his Pulitzer prize-winning comedy, “Clybourne Park.”

In it, he explores what might have happened in one of the most important fictional houses in history, both before and after the events of the seminal play, “A Raisin in the Sun,” by Lorraine Hansberry. Hansberry’s play was not a comedy, but both plays plumb the depths of controversial social issues like race relations and class and poverty. Before he wrote “Clybourne Park,” Norris was an actor himself, on stage and on television. His earlier plays were produced by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. “Clybourne Park,” featuring the original cast and directed by Pam MacKinnon, opens the 45th season of the Center Theatre Group at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles beginning Wednesday.

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Bruce Norris, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright; his play “Clybourne Park” opens at the Mark Taper Forum on January 25, 2012