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San Diego Play Puts Spotlight On Neighborhood Segregation

Aired 1/22/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Sam Woodhouse, co-founder and artistic director of the San Diego Repertory Theatre. Director of Clybourne Park

Claudia Thompson, retired teacher

Adrian Florido, KPBS Fronteras reporter


The San Diego Repertory Theater's new production "Clybourne Park" picks up the story of Lorraine Hansberry's landmark work "A Raisin In The Sun."

The play discusses themes of race, class and housing segregation in America. San Diego has its own history of housing restrictions, which attempted to keep races and religions apart.

And here, just as in the play, some of those issues are being reversed, as white buyers attempt to move into traditionally non-white neighborhoods.

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dkmcarolina | January 22, 2013 at 7:24 p.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

Thanks for sharing the memories of my father, King Milligan. As a child during the 60's, I remember his work in civil rights. I even remember some of the hatred thrown his way. Hearing about his efforts, through the observations of those he worked with, nearly brought tears to my eyes. He and my mother are both gone now. But they lived again in the memory of San Diegans, if just for a moment, during this interview. Thank you.

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Missionaccomplished | January 25, 2013 at 5:45 p.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

Dear Ms. Cavanaugh,

The playwright, Norris, was born in Chicago. His play was premiered in New York. I have not seen it. So does it take place in San Diego? Where is the "San Diego" connection in your headline. Thank you.

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