A Raisin in the Sun

1/29/2015 - 2/15/2015
12:00 AM
11:59 PM
Mainstage Series
"A Raisin in the Sun" -- Jan. 29 to Feb. 15, 2015

Running Jan. 29 to Feb. 15, 2015

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • Thursdays — Jan. 29, Feb. 5 and 12 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fridays — Jan. 30, Feb. 6 and 13 — at 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays — Jan. 31, Feb. 7 and 14 — at 8 p.m.
  • Sundays — Feb. 1, 8 and 15 — at 2:30 p.m.
  • PLUS Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 10 a.m.

"A Raisin in the Sun" -- Jan. 29 to Feb. 15, 2015

A drama by Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by Jimmie Woody

Set during the early 1950s, A Raisin in the Sun tells the timeless story of one family’s grasp for a piece of the American Dream — and the explosive backlash that erupts when they seek to become the first black family to move into an all-white neighborhood.

Presented with support from

The John S. and James L, Knight Foundation

The play revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Youngers, a black family living in a cramped apartment in Chicago’s racially segregated Southside neighborhood. The family’s struggle for dignity and their quest for a better life shape the powerful drama in this ground-breaking masterpiece of the American theater.

Younger family matriarch Lena (whom everyone calls “Mama”) is the strong, moral heart of her clan, but she clashes frequently with her extended family. The family’s “man of the house” is her son Walter Lee, who works as a chauffeur but remains frustrated by his dead-end position in both life and the workplace. Walter’s wife is Ruth, who masks her discontent by directing all her energies toward her husband and their young son, Travis. Walter’s sister, Beneatha, is a young dreamer who dabbles in various hobbies and activities but embraces a strong desire to become a doctor.

When the insurance money from her deceased husband’s insurance policy comes through, Mama dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood. But Walter Lee, who describes himself as a volcano full of internalized regrets and pipe dreams, has other plans: he wants to buy a liquor store and be “his own man.” Meanwhile, Beneatha wants to spend the money on her medical schooling. The tensions within the family and the blatant prejudice they receive from outside their home combine to shape the rich dramatic texture in this seminal American play.

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.”

TICKET INFORMATION

Single tickets range between $5 and $22

Special Preview Night Savings!
All adult and senior tickets are $16 on Thursday, Jan. 29 only.
$5 for children (ages 17 and younger) and college students (with current I.D.)

For Performances after Jan. 29
$22 for adults (ages 18 and older)
$20 for seniors (ages 65 and older) on Thursdays and Sundays only
$5 for children (ages 17 and younger) and college students at all performances

Group Discounts
$17 per ticket for groups of 12 to 99
$15 per ticket for group of 100 or larger

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION

Buy tickets in person or by telephone (330-836-2626) during the following hours:
• Mondays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Tuesdays through Fridays: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• Performance Saturdays only: Noon to 5 p.m.
• The Box Office is also open beginning one hour before each performance and remains open until the final curtain.

CLICK HERE to buy tickets online!

(NOTE: Group orders are not available online. Instead, please contact the Box Office directly.)

THE CAST

TAMICKA SCRUGGS
Ruth Younger

BRIAN KENNETH ARMOUR
Walter Lee Younger

JOHNTAE LIPSCOMB
Travis Younger

TAYLOR ADAMS
Beneatha Younger

KEEYA CHAPMAN-LANGFORD
Lena Younger

MICHAEL SWAIN
Joseph Asagai

BRIAN STEELE
George Murchison

CHACE COULTER
Karl Lindner

KYM WILLIAMS
Bobo

THE CREATIVE TEAM

JIMMIE WOODY
Director

TABA ALEEM
Stage Manager

SCOTT CRIM
Lighting Designer

AUDREY FLIEGEL
Sound Designer

JOE HUNTER
Properties Designer

JASEN J. SMITH
Costume Designer

TODD DIERINGER
Scenic Co-Designer

KATHY KOHL
Scenic Co-Designer and Assistant Technical Director

 

Box Office Info

Mondays: 10 am to 4 pm
Tuesdays—Fridays: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Performance Saturdays: Noon to 5 pm

The Box Office is also open beginning one hour before each performance and remains open until the end of each performance.

Get tickets by phone at 330-836-2626
or purchase online.*

*A $3.00 per-ticket surcharge will be added to each Internet sale.
*A $2.00 per-ticket facility-and-handling fee will be added to each telephone or window sale.
*Group orders are not available online.

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