Carl Sutton to Lead Cast
Voices in the Dark Repertory Theatre Company and Ashé Cultural Arts Center present A Raisin in the Sun, written by Lorraine Hansberry and directed by Tommye Myrick. The show runs from March 15 - March 31, 2019, with 7:30 PM shows on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3:00 PM matinees on Sundays. All performances take place at the Ashé Power House, 1731 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70113. Tickets are $35 and $25, and are available online at http://bit.ly/Raisin2019.
Special daytime performances, March 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 10:00 AM, are available for school field-trips and senior citizen groups of 10 or more. Tickets are $10 per person for those performances. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling Drena Clay Johnson at (504) 569-9070.
Opening night coincides with the 60th-anniversary of the original production of Hansberry's play. We join forces with others around the country to celebrate this work that has stood the test of time.
A Raisin in the Sun revolves around an African American family, the death of its patriarch, and the insurance check he left behind. Award winning film, television and stage actress Carol Sutton takes the lead role as Leah Younger, the matriarch of the family. Making his stage debut, Michael C. Forest plays the fiery, frustrated Walter Lee, Jr. who wants to be an entrepreneur so desperately that he risks his family’s small fortune in pursuit of his dream. Constance S. Thompson plays Walter’s pregnant wife of eleven years, while Ebony Johnson portrays Walter’s younger, ambitious and socially-conscious sister who, despite their meager means, wants to become a doctor.
Set on the South Side Chicago in the mid- to late-1950s, A Raisin in the Sun is a powerful family drama that epitomizes the desperate pursuit of the American dream by those of the working class, the under-served and the disenfranchised.
With a powerful lineup of shows, including an American classic, an original outdoor drama and a regional premiere, Voices in the Dark Repertory Theatre Company begins its 27th season by attempting to answer the daunting question asked in Langston Hughes’ iconic poem “…What Happens to a Dream Deferred.”
The cast also includes Martin Bats Bradford as Joseph Asagi, Christopher Robinson as George Murchison, Tracy B. Mann as Bobo, Jim Holmes as Karl Lindner, Chelsea Blount as Mrs. Johnson and introducing master Ellington Benoit Tilton as Travis Younger, Walter’s ten-year-old son.
A Raisin in the Sun
March 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30, 2019 at 7:30 PM
March 17, 24 and 31, 2019, at 3:00 PM
Ashé Power House
1731 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70113
Tickets: $35, $25, available online at: http://bit.ly/Raisin2019
GROUP SALES: Special daytime performances, March 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 10:00 AM, are available for school field-trips and senior citizen groups of 10 or more. Tickets are $10 per person for those performances. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling Drena Clay Johnson at (504) 569-9070.
Viola T. Blunt