Connecticut’s Sharon Playhouse is presenting the American classic, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun as the third Mainstage production of 2022 in the Bobbie Olsen Theater, October 7-16. Sharon Playhouse is located at 49 Amenia Road, Sharon, CT 06069. Opening night is set for Friday, October 7 at 8pm.
Spencer Scott Barros is at the helm of this intimate, revival of the play featuring Three-time AUDELCO Award Winner Marjorie Johnson as Lena Younger, Donnell E. Smith as Walter Lee Younger, Maya Carter as Ruth Younger, and Kara F. Green as Beneatha Younger. Rounding out this roster is Michael Gene Jacobs (George Murchison), Nii Adu Clerk (Joseph Asagai), Kennadi Mitchell (Travis Younger), Ronnie Reed (Bobo), and Dick Terhune (Karl Lindner).
Marjorie Johnson has created and recreated a wide range of characters. Some of her favorite roles include: Dotty in Colman Domingo’s DOT (NYC – Best Lead Actress AUDELCO Award); Candy Lady in Katori Hall’s HOODOO LOVE (NYC – Best Supporting Actress AUDELCO Award); Winnie Mandela in Laurence Holder’s M The Mandela Saga (NYC-Best Lead Actress AUDELCO Award); Skin of Our Teeth (Delaware Theatre Co. Wilmington)–Best Supporting Actress Philadelphia Critics Award Nomination); Rose in Joe DePietro’s The Last Romance (New Theatre, Overland Park, Kansas); Sojourner Truth & Zora Neale Hurston in The Pen & The Podium (Edinburg Festival, Scotland). Some TV and film credits include “Bull,” “Modern Love,” “Sneaky Pete,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Nurse Jackie,” “The Leftovers,” “Law & Order: SVU,” American Gangster and the soon to be released Armageddon Time.
A Raisin in the Sun, also currently playing at the Public Theater in New York City, concerns the divergent dreams and conflicts in three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis, and matriarch Lena. When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving out of Chicago’s South Side to a new home and a better neighborhood. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school.
Hansberry’s portrait of one family’s struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.
The creative team includes director Spencer Scott Barros, costume designer Antonio Consuegra, lighting designer Alix Lewis, scenic designer Justin Boccitto, scenic artist Karla Woodworth, wig designer Kurt Alger, wardrobe supervisor Kathleen DeAngelis, master carpenter Meredith Yoho, and company manager Sarah Cuoco. Isabel Mendoza serves as production stage manager, with Jordan Cowan as assistant stage manager and intimacy consultant. The production is produced by Sharon Playhouse Interim Artistic Director Justin Boccitto and Associate Artistic Director Michael Kevin Baldwin.
Friday, October 7th – 8pm
Saturday, October 8th – 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, October 9th – 3pm
Thursday, October 13th – 2pm & 8pm
Friday, October 14th – 8pm
Saturday, October 15th – 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, October 16th – 3pm
For tickets and more information visit www.sharonplayhouse.org.
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