‘Clybourne Park’ opens Thursday at Theatre B

BY ELLEN ROSSOW
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Fargo’s “Theatre B” will open their fourth production of the year on Thursday. The “wickedly funny and fiercely provocative” show titled “Clybourne Park,” is inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s novel “A Raisin in the Sun.”

Taking place in two different time periods, the show discusses the ongoing issues surrounding race in the United States, both in 1959 and 50 years later. The show will take audience members on a funny ride while discussing the serious topic, as they see the difficulties a black family has while trying to purchase a home in the 1950s contrasted with what a predominately African-American community struggles with  in the present.

Like the rest of the cast, theatre senior, Belinda Ampofo plays two characters in the show – one in each time period.

She believes the production is a great opporutnity for people in this area to learn about race in a unique way.

“It talks about things that people here in Fargo are probably afraid to talk about – race and oppression,” Ampofo said. “It’s a learning experience about the late 1950s and early 1960s.”

Ampofo encourages Dragons to attend the show because it not only teaches a good lesson, but “it’s just a good laugh.”

“Clybourne Park” also features other MSUM students, including alumus Ibukun Awosika who graduated last year.

The show will run Thursday through May 17 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. There will also be a matinee show on May 4. Tickets for students are $10.

For more information or to order tickets, contact the Theatre B box office at 701-729-8880.

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