Clybourne Park Auditions

Are you thinking about auditioning?


I hope your semester is going well. You are receiving this email because I've either

  • Had/have you in class
  • Worked with you on a Lehigh production
  • Seen you in a Lehigh show
If you are planning to audition for Clybourne Park in a few weeks, please allow me to make things a bit easier by sharing some information to pique your interest.

About the play

CLYBOURNE PARK is a razor-sharp satire about the politics of race. In response to Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, playwright Bruce Norris set up Clybourne Park as a pair of scenes that bookend Hansberry’s piece. These two scenes, fifty years apart, are both set in the same modest bungalow on Chicago’s northwest side that features at the center of A Raisin in the Sun. The first scene takes place before and the second scene takes place after the events of A Raisin in the Sun. In 1959, Russ and Bev are moving out to the suburbs after the tragic death of their son. Inadvertently, they have sold their house to the neighborhood’s first black family. Fifty years later in 2009, the roles are reversed when a young white couple buys the lot in what is now a predominantly black neighborhood, signaling a new wave of gentrification. In both instances, a community showdown takes place, pitting race against real estate with this home as the battleground.

  • "Vital, sharp-witted and ferociously smart." —NY Times.
  • "A theatrical treasure…Indisputably, uproariously funny." —Entertainment Weekly.
  • "A savagely funny and insightful time bomb." —Hollywood Reporter.
  • "Funny as hell…The theater shakes with gales of laughter." —NY Post.
  • Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the 2012 Tony Award.

Audition Dates


Monday, Nov. 14 & Tuesday, Nov. 15 ​


Wednesday, Nov. 16

2.0 credits

If you are cast, this show can be counted as 2.0 humanities credits, which will be graded. Nice, right?

Additional Information

  • Actors play 2 different characters in the play. Act I is set in 1959. Act II is set in 2009.

  • Actors will be expected to learn 70 - 75% of their lines over winter break.

  • The company will start rehearsals on the first day of the spring semester: January 23, 2017.

  • This is largely an ensemble show. The company will rehearse Monday - Friday, 3 hours (or less), weekly.

  • I will work out a rehearsal schedule over winter break that takes all actors schedules into consideration and maximizes your time.

  • I will not call rehearsal on weekends (except during tech week).

  • I will not call rehearsal for more than 3 hours (except during tech week).

  • The play opens Friday, February 24 and runs through March 4.

Interested? Email me at and I'll send you a copy of the script.