Directed by Sidney Edwards and Terra Hodge
September 5-21, 2014
Set on Chicago's South Side, A Raisin in the Sun revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis and matriarch Lena, called Mama. With her deceased husband’s insurance money is in hand, Mama dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama.Originally produced in 1959, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun was the first play written by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway, where it won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. The Washington Post has called it “one of a handful of great American dramas. A Raisin in the Sun belongs in the inner circle, along with Death of a Salesman and Long Day’s Journey into Night.” The New York Times has hailed it as “the play that changed American theatre forever.”
Special Events and Discussions
Saturday, September 20 – 7:00 pm discussion, 8:00 pm show.
“Why Our History is Important”, with Dudley Flood - How the arts help us revisit and explore important historical events.
Walter Lee Younger - Joseph Callender
Lena Younger - Rozlyn Sorrell, Gwen Veale Hendrix (understudy, Sept. 20th at 2pm and school performances)
Ruth Younger - Connie McCoy Rogers, Monica Williams (understudy, Sept. 20th at 2pm and school performances)
Beneatha Younger -Aurelia Belfield, Daja Middleton (understudy, Sept. 20th at 2pm, and school performances)
Joseph Asagai - Amadio Perez
George Murchison - Tj Swann
Bobo - Jamal Farrar
Karl Lindner - John Honeycutt
Travis Younger - Kaylon Edwards