Clybourne Park

by

Bruce Norris

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Kathy Character Analysis

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 Lindsey. Kathy is talkative, which is unfortunate as she is also clueless and frequently makes unintentionally offensive remarks. Unlike Tom, who is efficient and timely, she’s happy to let the conversation wander off track for minutes at a time. Kathy is played by the same actor who plays Bev in Act I.

Kathy Quotes in Clybourne Park

The Clybourne Park quotes below are all either spoken by Kathy or refer to Kathy. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Farrar, Straus and Giroux edition of Clybourne Park published in 2011.
Act 2 Quotes

Steve:… Are you “offended”?
Kevin: Nope.
Steve: Neither am I.
Lindsey: You can’t be offended, you moron —
Steve:…I can’t?
Lindsey: — because you’ve never been politically marginalized, unlike the majority of people in the world —
Steve: How can a majority be marginal?
Lindsey: — and, by the way, all women, everywhere, and it’s your classic white male myopia that you’re blind to that basic fact.
Lena: Why is a white woman like a tampon?
Lindsey: Why is what?
Lena: It’s a joke.

Related Characters: Lindsey (speaker), Steve (speaker), Lena (speaker), Bev Stoller, Karl Linder, Francine, Kathy, Kevin
Page Number: 193
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Kathy Character Timeline in Clybourne Park

The timeline below shows where the character Kathy appears in Clybourne Park. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 2
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...six people sit in a circle: a white couple named Steve and Lindsey, and their lawyer, Kathy, and a black couple named Kevin and Lena, and their lawyer, Tom. (full context)
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Kathy stands up to take a phone call from Hector, the architect, and Lindsey and Steve... (full context)
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Kathy passes the phone to Lindsey, who wants to talk to Hector. Steve makes a comment... (full context)
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...their families have taken across Europe and Northern Africa—Morocco, Spain, Prague, and Switzerland. Kevin and Kathy do most of the talking. Eventually Lena tries to make an announcement, but Steve cuts... (full context)
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...included in the meeting. Steve asks Lindsey what the capital of Morocco is, and he, Kathy, and Lindsey continue to discuss geography. Steve has the most extensive knowledge of geography and... (full context)
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Lena tries again to make her announcement, but is again interrupted when Kathy asks to be reminded of Lena’s name, prompting everyone to reintroduce themselves. Before Lena can... (full context)
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...than average would require the volume of the house to be reduced in other places. Kathy becomes immediately defensive, and argues that there’s too much variation in existing house sizes to... (full context)
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Tom assumes the Landmarks Committee will pass the neighborhood petition to preserve the neighborhood, which Kathy again pushes back against. Tom doesn’t understand why she’s being so confrontational. Kathy feels it’s... (full context)
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...he wants to tell, but which Lindsey thinks is inappropriate. Lena interrupts again, more aggressively. Kathy, who has been checking her voicemails, and Tom, who was still on the phone, hang... (full context)
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Lena asks Lindsey to clarify, but before she can answer Steve and Kathy begin to talk about how the neighborhood was originally German and Irish. Steve brings up... (full context)
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...the edge. Returning to the document, Tom suggests reducing the height of the house, but Kathy snaps that it’s too late to redesign the house. She reminds Lindsey and Steve that... (full context)
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Tom disagrees with Kathy, and reminds her that the City Council has recognized the “historic status” of the neighborhood... (full context)
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...offends him. Steve tries to argue the joke isn’t about sex, it’s about rape, and Kathy adds that her sister was raped, and therefore she’s offended. (full context)
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...but she does—white women are like tampons “because they’re both stuck up cunts.” Lindsey and Kathy are both offended at the “hostile joke.” Kathy says she feels that she is intelligent,... (full context)
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Kathy begins to pack up to leave. Steve shares that one of the things that really... (full context)
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...into question.” Lena says she isn’t questioning Lindsey’s ethics, but instead her taste. Tom and Kathy leave, making plans to talk about the house early next week. Lindsey, genuinely offended, asks... (full context)