The William Carey University Theatre will present the award winning Lorraine Hansberry play “A Raisin in the Sun” October 6-8 at 7:30 p.m. and October 9 at 2 p.m. in the Joe & Virginia Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus.
“A Raisin in the Sun” tells the story of a black family living in a Chicago neighborhood who have received an insurance settlement that could change their lives for the better. Hansberry received the New York Drama Critics Circle award for best play in 1959. Her play has become a part of the American literary canon and is often mentioned when speaking about contemporary African American writers.
Living in a poverty stricken neighborhood in Chicago, the Youngers, Walter and Ruth, live with their child Travis, Walter’s mother Lena, and sister Beneatha. Financial difficulties strain their relationship, and Walter hopes to fix the strain by investing in a local store with friend Bobo. The family receives a small inheritance and Mr. Younger uses the bulk of the money to become a businessman, but Mrs. Younger takes some of the money to buy them a new and better home in a white neighborhood. A white resident, Karl, tries to buy the Youngers out of their dream home, which only leads to tension in the family. Adding to the tension are two of Beneatha’s friends, the wealthy George and Nigerian Joseph Asagai, who both vie for her hand in marriage. The Youngers must decide as a family their fate as an uncertain future looms.
The cast includes Branden Lindsay of Greenville, South Carolina (Walter), Zhariah Hubbard of Hattiesburg (Ruth), Andric S. Knott of Hattiesburg (Travis), Treya Brown of Hattiesburg (Lena), Kelseigh Redmon of Murfreesboro, Tennessee (Beneatha), Damien Williams of Chunchula, Alabama (Bobo), Taylor Abbott of Picayune (Karl), Deshawn Weston of Desoto, Texas (George), Michael Jones of Denver, Colorado (Joseph Asagai), Nicoli Hutchison of Picayune and Nathan Wilkins of McComb (moving men).
The scenic designer is visiting artist Connie Smith, director of technical theatre at Chipola College in Alabama. The costume designer is Johonna Bush of Foxworth, and the lighting designer is Amanda Campbell of Carriere. The sound designer is Dalton Stanford of Hattiesburg, makeup and hair designer is Nadia Triñanes of Hattiesburg, and Bryce Moore of Gulfport is properties director. The director is Keone Fuqua, chair of the department of theatre and communication. Stage manager is Chace Giadrosich of Beaumont.
Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for military and senior citizens, and $5 for students. Reservations can be made by calling 601-318-6221. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. beginning October 3.