Jeremiah Hasty, Dawn Ursula, Will Cobbs. Photo by Tony Powell.
By Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by Tazewell Thompson
Will Cobbs, Dawn Ursula, Joy Jones, Lizan Mitchell, Jeremiah Hasty, Mack Leamon, Thomas Adrian Simpson, Keith L. Royal Smith, Bueka Uwemedimo
Scenic Design: Donald Eastman
Costume Design: Harry Nadal
Lighting Design: Robert Wierzel
Original Composition, Sound Design: Fabian Obispo
Stage Manager: Christi B. Spann
First Performance March 31, 2017
Final Performance May 7, 2017
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The “play that changed American theater forever” (New York Times) comes to Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater for the first time ever this spring. Lorraine Hansberry’s ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ follows the Younger family yearning for a better life far from the cramped confines of their Chicago tenement. The groundbreaking drama is helmed by veteran director Tazewell Thompson, who returns to direct his 19th production at Arena Stage.
“With race relations once again at the forefront of our mindset, this story of a family’s dignity remains important to tell,” shares Artistic Director Molly Smith. “I have wanted to produce ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ at Arena for years. In Washington, with a new administration, it is our job as artists to remind everyone of the humanity around us. ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ is the story of a brave family who can see a future that is better than their present. I know that Tazewell and his talented cast will bring these characters to life in a truly wonderful way.”
“A Raisin in the Sun is a brilliant and important play of deep emotional depth and honesty; a joyous celebration of the human spirit with a proud family holding together to conquer, through love and determination, entrenched racism and residential segregation, issues and themes still unresolved in today’s transiting America,” adds Thompson. “I’m always happy to return to Arena Stage, my original artistic home since 1988, with an amazing cast and an extraordinary team of designers. I’m excited to tell theater stories in general, and present this classic play, in particular, in my favorite form—in the round, in the Fichandler Stage.”