Lorraine Hansberry’s American classic A Raisin in the Sun comes to the stage at CCBC Catonsville Nov. 6-11. Performances take place at 10 a.m. Nov. 6 and 11; 8 p.m. on Nov. 7 and 8; 3 p.m. on Nov. 9; and 1 p.m. on Nov. 11. All performances take place in the Center for the Arts Theatre at CCBC Catonsville.
Walter Lee Younger lives with his wife Ruth, son Travis, his sister Beneatha and his mother Lena in a two-bedroom apartment in Chicago, barely scraping by. When an insurance payment seems to give the family the chance to buy a house and move to a new neighborhood, the entire family is faced with hard truths about what dreams they can pursue in 1950s America.
Upon its debut on Broadway in 1959, Hansberry’s seminal drama about the Younger family and their dreams to own a home in Southside Chicago in the 1950s dramatically changed the professional theatre. A Raisin in the Sun was the first play by an African-American woman ever to be produced on Broadway. A film version produced in 1961, starring Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee and based on a screenplay written by Hansberry, won a special award at the Cannes Film Festival. A 2013 Broadway revival of the play won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play earlier this year.
The ensemble cast includes Shelton Hall of Owings Mills in the role of Walter Lee Younger and Paris Brown of Baltimore as Ruth Younger. Other featured cast members are Myles Muse of Baltimore (Travis Younger), Yakima Rich of Middle River (Beneatha Younger), Takira Stokes of Windsor Mill (Lena Younger), Malcolm McKnight Jr. of Baltimore (Bobo), Aris Hines of Reisterstown (George Murchison) and Ja’min Williams of Windsor Mill (Joseph Asagai). The production will be directed by Precious Stone, associate professor of theatre at CCBC.
Tickets are $8 general admission, $5 for students, seniors, and CCBC faculty, staff and alumni. Tickets are free to CCBC students with current ID. For tickets and information, call the CCBC Box Office at 443-840-ARTS (2787) or online at http://www.ccbcmd.edu/performingarts/actheatre.html.