Events around a play about gentrification

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I got a very long PR email about Woolly Mammoth's programming around their production of Clybourne Park. It's chock full of stuff so I'm pairing the release down to the post play events I find interesting:

( Washington, DC) Last year, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's production of Clybourne Park launched the theatre's connectivity initiative, which aims to bring uniquely designed audiences to each production to expand and deepen the conversation engendered by the play. Events around Clybourne Park included widespread online conversation around the show-- initiated by neighborhood bloggers--as well as Audience Exchanges and Mammoth Forums with DC community members.


Following the momentum of last year's intense conversations related to race and gentrification in DC, Woolly has programmed an unprecedented schedule of special guests including journalists, city leaders, artists, professors, and local business owners to spark post-show discussions with audience members. There will be a post-show activity scheduled for every performance during the run of Clybourne Park from July 21 - August 14, 2011. All post-show events are free, and attendance at the performance prior to a post-show activity is not required.

Clybourne Park has received national and international awards recognition, including playwright Bruce Norris' 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as the 2011 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play, and the 2011 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Resident Play and Outstanding Director.


In the 1950's, a white community in Chicago splinters over the black family about to move into their neighborhood. Fast forward to present day: as we climb through the looking glass of Lorraine Hansberry's classic A Raisin in the Sun, the same house now represents very different demographics. Neighbors pitch a horrifying yet hilarious battle over territory and legacy that reveals how far our ideas about race and gentrification have evolved--or have they?

Post-Show Schedule:


·         Thursday, July 21st following the 8pm performance

Audience Exchange featuring David Hilfiker, author of Urban Injustice: How Ghettos Happen and founder of Joseph's House.

·         Saturday, July 23rd following the 3pm performance

Artistic Forum featuring Danny Harris, writer and photographer, People's District.

·         Sunday, July 24th following the 2pm performance

Audience Exchange featuring Howell S. Baum, professor at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and author of Brown in Baltimore; School Desegregation and the Limits of Liberalism.

·         Wednesday, July 27th following the 8pm performance

Audience Exchange, featuring Erricka Bridgeford, Director of Training at Community Mediation Maryland.

·         Sunday, July 31st following the 3pm performance

Mammoth Forum "Media as Storyteller" featuring:

o        Lydia DePillis, author of "Housing Complex" blog for the Washington City Paper.

o        Shani Hilton, author of Confessions of a Black Gentrifier.

·         Thursday, August 4th following the 8pm performance

Audience Exchange, featuring Elhae Izadi reporter for WAMU's DCentric.

·         Friday, August 5th following the 8pm performance

Audience Exchange, featuring Sylvia Robinson, General Manager of Emergence Community Arts Collective.

·         Saturday, August 6th following the 3pm performance

Artistic Forum featuring Tendani Mpulubusi, documentary filmmaker (Barry Farm: Past and Present).

·         Sunday, August 7th following the 3pm performance

Mammoth Forum "Gentrification is..." featuring:

o        Justin Maher, PhD candidate in American Studies at the University of Maryland .

o        Edward Jones, long-time resident of Bloomingdale neighborhood.

·         Wednesday, August 10th following the 8pm performance

Audience Exchange, featuring Anu Yadev, artist and activist.

·         Sunday, August 14th following the 3pm performance

Mammoth Forum "What do you work for?" featuring:

o        John Chambers, Founder and Chief Executive Gardener of BloomBars.

o        Acacia Salatti, Deputy Director of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

For a full list of events and more information see

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