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Black & White Gothic Tale : Clybourne Park @ University of California, Irvine – Review

Daniella Litvak 

Clybourne Park is a title that would not be out of place on a bookshelf of Gothic novels.  The play itself has a lot of Gothic elements and the setting is gloomy.  There is a fallen hero in the story and the characters are dealing with doubt, tragedy, and transition.  All of these features add atmosphere and tension to this satire about race and real estate. 

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Nicole Cowans and Amandla Bearden star in “Clybourne Park” Photos by Paul R. Kennedy

The play begins in the year 1959.  Bev and Russ are selling their home in Clybourne Park –a suburban neighborhood in Chicago.  However, the community is appalled to learn the buyers are African-American.  Flash forward to 2009 where Clybourne Park has become a predominately African-American neighborhood, and a white couple are moving in. Continue Reading

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Our Life : The Black Youths Stories Project – An Interview with Ross Jackson & Megan Gainey @ University of California, Irvine


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Written by Patrick Chavis 

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing the creators of UCI’s new original play “[Our Life] The Black Youth Stories Project”.  Writers Ross Jackson and Megan Gainey spoke freely about their journey making this extensive project. 

So how did you get together to create this project?

Megan: Well we got together because we are together. (Megan and Ross laugh together). I was just sort of the person he was venting to about his ideas, and I was like oh cool other ideas.

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