Clybourne Park

by

Bruce Norris

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Clybourne Park Characters

Russ Stoller

A white man in his late forties. Russ is married to Bev, and is the father of Kenneth. At the beginning of the play he and Bev are preparing to move from their… read analysis of Russ Stoller

Bev Stoller

A white woman in her forties. Bev is married to Russ, and is the mother of Kenneth. Bev is outgoing and peacemaking. She enjoys cultivating friendships in the neighborhood, and is disturbed by… read analysis of Bev Stoller

Karl Linder

A white man in his thirties. He is married to Betsy, and is the father of Kathy. Karl is the only character to appear onstage in both A Raisin in the Sun and… read analysis of Karl Linder

Betsy Linder

A white woman in her late twenties. She is married to Karl, and is the mother of Kathy. Betsy is pregnant, which causes Karl to treat her gently and carefully, both because of… read analysis of Betsy Linder

Francine

A black woman in her thirties. She is married to Albert, with whom she has three children. Francine works as a maid for Bev and Russ Stoller, and although she doesn’t seem to… read analysis of Francine
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Jim

A white man in his late twenties. Jim is a local pastor and friend of the Stollers. He has a wife, Judy, who never appears onstage. He is an easygoing man, who genuinely wants to… read analysis of Jim

Albert

A black man in his thirties. He is married to Francine, with whom he has three children. Albert is amiable and conscientious. He happily offers to help Bev move the footlocker, and is confused… read analysis of Albert

Tom Driscoll

A white man in his late twenties. Tom is likely related to Ted Driscoll, the realtor who sold Bev and Russ’s home to the Younger family. Tom is a lawyer working with Lenaread analysis of Tom Driscoll

Lindsey

A white woman in her late twenties. Lindsey is married to Steve, and is visibly pregnant. She and Steve have purchased the house in Clybourne Park that Bev, Russ, and the Youngersread analysis of Lindsey

Kathy

A white woman in her thirties. She is the daughter of Karl and Betsy, who moved out of Clybourne Park before Kathy was born. Kathy is working as a lawyer for Steve and Lindseyread analysis of Kathy

Steve

A white man in his thirties. He is married to Lindsey, with whom he is expecting a child, and with whom he has purchased the house in Clybourne Park. Steve is outgoing and friendly… read analysis of Steve

Lena

A black woman in her thirties. She is married to Kevin, with whom she has three children. Lena is the grandniece of the matriarch of the Younger family, after whom she was named. Lena… read analysis of Lena

Kevin

A black man in his thirties. He is married to Lena, with whom he has three children. Although the couple occasionally bickers, he clearly loves his wife and rushes to her defense when she… read analysis of Kevin

Dan

A white man in his late forties. Dan is a contractor working for Steve and Lindsey, who is digging a trench in their backyard during the play’s second act. He’s well meaning but tactless, often… read analysis of Dan

Kenneth Stoller

A young white man and the son of Russ and Bev Stoller. Kenneth is a veteran of the Korean War, during which he was charged with killing civilians. After returning home, he had difficulty… read analysis of Kenneth Stoller

The Younger Family

A black family living in Chicago who purchases Russ and Bev’s home. The members of this family are the protagonists in A Raisin in the Sun, but they do not appear onstage in… read analysis of The Younger Family
Minor Characters
Judy
Jim’s wife, a white woman. She never appears onstage.
Ted Driscoll
The realtor who sold Bev and Russ’s house to the Younger family. Karl implies that Ted is self-serving, and prioritizes money over the wellbeing of the neighborhood. He never appears onstage.
Murray Gelman
The Jewish owner of the local grocery store. He never appears onstage.
Don Lassiter
A family friend of Bev and Russ. Russ insists he’s a funny man. He never appears onstage.
Mr. Wheeler
A man with a disability who works at Murray Gelman’s grocery store. He works there from the ‘50s until at least the late ‘70s, judging by the fact that Lena remembers him from her childhood.
Hector
An architect working for Lindsey and Steve. He never appears onstage.
Kyle Hendrickson
A childhood acquaintance of Steve’s and a coworker or Kevin’s. Kyle ran into Steve sometime before the events of the second act, and told him an off-color joke. Kyle is black.