Triad Stage Presents Lorraine Hansberry’s ‘A Raisin in the Sun’
(Greensboro, N.C.) —Triad Stage is proud to be producing one of the greatest American play ever written, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. In a cramped apartment on the south side of Chicago, a struggling family awaits a life insurance payment that could change their circumstances. Matriarch Lena dreams of a nice house in a nicer neighborhood. Daughter Beneatha has her eye on medical school, while son Walter is scheming to buy a liquor store. Lorraine Hansberry’s searing drama about the struggle to achieve the American Dream in the face of racial tensions and economic disenfranchisement changed the face of American theater and remain as relevant today as when it was first performed.
A Raisin in the Sun runs Jan. 28 to Feb. 18, at The Pyrle Theater in downtown Greensboro.
Opening Night is Friday, Feb. 2.
“I love Hansberry’s play and consider it to be one of the single finest plays of the 20th century,” said Triad Stage’s founding artistic director Preston Lane. “It is so much of its time but also timeless in its fierce and passionate examination of family and the corrosive power of bias and money. Hansberry was not only a remarkable storyteller but a social critic who is not afraid to stand up to the status quo.”
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
“I’m thrilled to have a brilliant young director, Tiffany Nicole Greene, approaching this play not as a classic we think we know but as a vibrant living story with much to discover,”Lane said. “She has assembled an extraordinary cast that will bring so much new life to these characters and show us A Raisin in the Sun as if for the first time.”
The creative team also includes scenic designer Nevena Prodanovic, costume designer Olivia Trees, lighting designer Miriam Nilofa Crowe, and sound designer Derek Graham. Jim Wren is the resident fight choreographer, Christine Morris is the resident vocal coach, and Ingrid Pierson is the stage manager.
The cast includes several actors making their Triad Stage debuts: Marcus D. Harvey, Evan Mouton, Edward O’Blenis, Baraka Ongeri, De’Ron Robertson, Angela K Thomas, Karen Vicks, and Anita Welch. Joshua C. Anderson (Actions and Objectives) and Philip Wright (Masquerade, For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls) both return to Triad Stage. Local child actor Negus Selassie will also make his Triad Stage debut.
More information on the production can be found online at www.triadstage.org.
PERFORMANCE AND SPECIAL EVENT INFORMATION
All performances are at The Pyrle Theater, located at 232 S Elm St. Showtimes for A Raisin in the Sun are 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings. Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Sunday evening shows are at 7:30 p.m. The last show is a matinee performance on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. There will not be an evening performance. There are no matinee performances during previews.
Opening Night is Friday, Feb. 2 at 8:00 p.m. Pay-What-You-Can performances are Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 6 and 7. Wine Tasting Friday is Friday, Feb. 9, prior to the evening’s 8 p.m. performance.
Technically Talking, a behind-the-scenes discussion with members of the design team is Tuesday, Jan. 30, immediately following the 7:30 p.m. preview performance.
The InSight Series with a noted expert discussing the world of the play will be held on Sunday, Feb. 4, immediately following the 2:00 p.m. matinee performance.
PostScript, a lively, open discussion with the cast, will be held on Thursday, Feb. 8, immediately following the 7:30 p.m. performance.
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ABOUT TRIAD STAGE
Triad Stage is a professional not-for-profit regional theater company based in Greensboro’s downtown historic district. All Triad Stage productions are created in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina using the best of local and national talent. Triad Stage gratefully acknowledges the support of its Season Sponsors: Blue Zoom, the North Carolina Arts Council, ArtsGreensboro and The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.Season passes and single tickets are currently on sale for the 17th Season. For more information about the 17th Season, please visit www.triadstage.org. The next production will be Our Town (Feb. 14 – March 4, 2018) at Hanesbrands Theatre in Winston-Salem. All Triad Stage productions feature the bold acting and breathtaking design that have been nationally recognized by The Wall Street Journal and by the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards®, which named Triad Stage one of the top ten most promising theatres in the country as a recipient of the 2010 National Theatre Company Grant. Triad Stage has also earned accolades including “Best North Carolina Production of 2010” for The Glass Menagerie by Triangle Arts & Entertainment magazine; “One of the Best Regional Theatres in America”, New York’s Drama League; “Best Live Theater” (thirteen years running), Go Triad/News & Record; and “Professional Theater of the Year” (2003, 2011), North Carolina Theatre Conference.
To purchase tickets or for performance information on A Raisin in the Sun, call the Triad Stage Box Office at 336.272.0160 or visit www.triadstage.org.
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