Taking its inspiration from Lorraine Hansberry's America classic, Raisin in the Sun, the story begins in 1959 in the fictitious Chicago neighbourhood of Clybourne Park. White couple Russ and Bev are selling their house at a knock-off rate - unknowingly - to the Youngers, a black family. This outrages neighbours, who make politically correct complaints "the beginning of the end".
Fifty years on, Clybourne Park is all-black neighbourhood undergoing gentrification. The same house is being sold to Steve and Lindsey, a wealthy white couple ready to demolish and rebuild their designer dream home. But again change is met with resistance, which unleashes a flurry of questions about community identity and social progress.