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Clybourne Parks opens Feb. 16 in Joliet

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JOLIET – "Clybourne Park" explodes in two outrageous acts set 50 years apart.

Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous white community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family (borrowing a plotline from Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun).

Act Two is set in the same house in 2009, as now the predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.

This excruciatingly funny and squirm-inducing satire explores the fault line between race and property. Written by Bruce Norris and directed by Cathie and Jim Stewart, "Clybourne Park" won the 2011 Pulitzer for Drama and the 2012 Tony for Best Play.

Strong language. Adult themes. For mature audiences only.

Cast members are Stephanie Maldonado, Tamara Malebranche, Luke Pascale, Sabra Rael, Steven Shanks, Jeff Smith and Kyle Wynn. Produced by Jeff Matson. Lighting design by Luke Pascale. Set design and construction by Jim Stewart and Ken Fletcher. Costume design by Katy Fyksen. Sound design by Jeff Matson.

Performance dates are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Feb. 17, Feb. 23; and 2 p.m. Feb. 18 and Feb. 25. Beer, wine, and mixed drinks available to enjoy during the show. Tickets are $13 online in advance or $15 at the door

For tickets, visit Lat41.org/tickets.

Latitude 41 Theater, a not-for-profit corporation, was founded on the belief that Joliet-area audiences are eager for more quality community theater. Latitude 41 believes that community theater should be an artistically-enriching and enjoyable experience for the audience, the players, and the crew.

Recent productions include “Invitation to Murder”, “The Birds,” “Love, Sex & the IRS,” “Dog Sees God,” and “Of Mice and Men.” Latitude 41 debuted and produced the long-running holiday puppet show “Transylvania General”. Lat41 co-produced the musicals “The Rocky Horror Show,” “Cabaret,” “Oklahoma!” and “Nunset Boulevard: The Nunsense Hollywood Bowl Show” with Bicentennial Park.

For more information, visit www.lat41.org.