The critically-acclaimed Ebony Repertory Theatre production of Lorraine Hansberry's American classic "A Raisin in the Sun," opens at Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre this Sunday, January 22. Performances continue through February 19, 2012.
Cast members include (in alphabetical order) Kenya Alexander, Keith Arthur Bolden, Brandon David Brown, Kevin T. Carroll, Jason Dirden, Deidrie Henry, Amad Jackson, Scott Mosenson, Kem Saunders, Kim Staunton and Ellis E. Williams.
Phylicia Rashad will direct the play that Frank Rich of The New York Times said (in 1983) "...changed American theatre forever."
The scenic design is by Michael Ganio, costume design by Ruth E. Carter, lighting design by Elizabeth Harper, sound design by Bob Blackburn and wig and hair design by Carol F. Doran. The production stage manager is David Blackwell.
In conjunction with the presentation of "A Raisin in the Sun" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, CTG is presenting Bruce Norris' Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Clybourne Park" at the Mark Taper Forum. "Clybourne Park," which began performances January 11 and will continue through February 26, 2012, is a natural complement to "A Raisin in the Sun," as Norris imagines the history of one of the more important houses in literary history, both before and after it becomes a focal point in Lorraine Hansberry's story.
Set in the 1950s, "A Raisin in the Sun" portrays an African-American family and its pursuit of a better life while facing the obstacles of conflicting aspirations, betrayal and racism. Central to the story is a $10,000 life insurance payment that symbolizes freedom in various ways to each family member, including the possibility of buying the family's first house, located at 406 Clybourne St. in Chicago.
Shining a spotlight on America's struggle to overcome its past, "A Raisin in the Sun" pays tribute to those whose courage helped shape a future filled with faith in the fundamental decency and unlimited capacity of the human spirit.
Tickets are available by calling (213) 628-2772, online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, in person at the Center Theatre Group box office at the Ahmanson Theatre or two hours prior to performances at the Kirk Douglas Theatre box office.
The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232.