A Raisin in the Sun Revisited
Friday, October 25 at 9:00 p.m.
What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? - Harlem (A Dream Deferred) by Langston Hughes
Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking 1959 drama, "A Raisin in the Sun," was the first Broadway play to depict the strength and humanity of an African-American family striving for a piece of the American dream by buying a house in a white working-class neighborhood in Chicago.
More than 50 years later, playwright Bruce Norris created "Clybourne Park," a sardonic Pulitzer Prize-winning prequel and sequel that takes place in the same Chicago house and revisits the questions of race, real estate and gentrification in America.
Inspired by Hansberry's original and Norris' follow-up, Kwame Kwei-Armah, artistic director of Baltimore's Center Stage, penned a third play, "Beneatha’s Place," which follows two of the "Raisin" characters to Nigeria and its post-colonial struggles. Center Stage mounted "Clybourne Park" and "Beneatha’s Place" as "The Raisin Cycle" and as part of its 50th anniversary season.
Producers James Arntz and John Paulson, in collaboration with Maryland Public Television, present this performance documentary, which captures the history and legacy of "Raisin" and the backstage challenges of mounting two issue-driven plays simultaneously.
Top Photo: Charlie Hudson, III; Jessica Frances Dukes; and Jacob H. Knoll in Center Stage's production of "Clybourne Park" by Bruce Norris, directed by Derrick Sanders.
Pictured at right: Jessica Frances Dukes and Charlie Hudson, III, in Center Stage's production of "Beneatha's Place" by Kwame Kwei-Armah, directed by Derrick Sanders.