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A Raisin in the Sun at Peoria Players Theatre

Directed by Garry Moore

Peoria Players is proud to present A Raisin in the Sun as part of the 101st season lineup. The play is a New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award-winning play written by Lorraine Hansberry.

Director Garry Moore says, “I am sooo honored and blessed to once again direct A Raisin in the Sun!  I had the pleasure of directing the classic production at Bradley University in 2013. Now, I get to direct it at Peoria Players! A Raisin in the Sun is a timeless, must-see look into the Younger family’s household on the southside of Chicago.  In it, we see ourselves, our triumphs and trials. Produced on stage in 1959, A Raisin in the Sun was brilliantly written by Lorraine Hansberry, an untried playwright.   It is the first-ever Broadway play written by an African-American woman.  Hansberry dared to showcase poor, working class ‘negroes’, unheard of at the time.”

Hansberry chose to title her play after a line in a poem by Langston Hughes:  “What happens to a dream deferred?  Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?”

Many people are familiar with the plot, but what makes Raisin timeless, are the ever relevant questions that it provokes.  To what extent does race stifle the dreams of African Americans?   Who can we trust?  Who should decide the direction of a family/ community?  Should we stay ‘in our place’ or branch out?  How and where do we find the strength to shoulder life’s burdens and stay on our grind?

Garry adds, “I plan to add a few special effects and some surprises, but make no mistake, this powerful production can stand on its own.  Besides working with a talented production crew, I am delighted to work with the best cast a Director can have. You will be blown away by the performances of Ronnie Hudson II as Walter Lee, Michelle Watson as Ruth, Tameka Mason as Mama Lena Younger, Lecora Holesome as Beneatha, and young Rashad Reed as Travis. The supporting cast is outstanding as well!”

The show runs from March 6th through the 15th.  Performances include March 6, 7, 11, 12, 13 and 14 at 7:30 pm and March 8 and 15 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for those 20 and younger. Call 309-688-4473 or visit peoriaplayers.org.

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