Lorraine Stone as Lena Younger
Tonight (Thursday, December 4) begins the production of
“A Raisin In The Sun” presented by Mr. Thompson Entertainment
Directed by Darrell Lawrence Willis, Sr. a Long Branch native
and founder and Artistic Director of The Dunbar Repertory Company.
Appearing on stage will be Lorraine Stone as Lena Younger,
Lorraine is a native of Asbury Park, N.J, who is currently residing
A Raisin in the Sun is a play by Lorraine Hansberry that
debuted on Broadway in 1959. The title comes from the poem
“Harlem” (also known as “A Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes.
The story is based upon a black family’s experiences in the Washington
Park Subdivision of Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood
With a cast in which all but one minor character is African-American,
A Raisin in the Sun was considered to be a risky investment, and it
took over a year for producer Philip Rose to raise enough money
to launch the play.
After touring to positive reviews, the play premiered on Broadway at the
Ethel Barrymore Theatre on March 11, 1959. The play transferred to the
Belasco Theatre on October 19, 1959 and closed on June 25, 1960 after
530 total performances. Directed by Lloyd Richards, the cast featured
Sidney Poitier (Walter Lee Younger), Ruby Dee (Ruth Younger),
Ivan Dixon (Joseph Asagai), Lonne Elder III (Bobo), John Fiedler
(Karl Lindner), Louis Gossett (George Murchison), Claudia McNeil
(Lena Younger) and Diana Sands (Beneatha Younger).
Ossie Davis later played Walter Lee Younger.
It was then produced on tour. A Raisin in the Sun was the first play
written by a black woman to be produced on Broadway, as well as the
first play with a black director (Lloyd Richards) on Broadway.
The play runs from Thursday, December 4 -Saturday, December 6
beginning at 8PM. There is also a showing on Saturday, December 6 at 2PM
Takes place The Liberty Center located at 1121 Elizabeth Avenue, Elizabeth
Tickets are $30
For further info call 862-230-4952 or e-mail [email protected]
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