Coppin Repertory Theatre presents A Raisin in the Sun March 8-11

  • Date: March 11th, 2019
  • Location: James Weldon Johnson Auditorium 2500 West North Avenue Baltimore, MD 21216-3698
  • Time: 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Cost: $25 general admission; $20 seniors, military and non-Coppin students with IDs, and $10 for Coppin and BCCC students with IDs. Discounts for groups of 10 or more, contact Dr. Garey A. Hyatt at 410 – 951-3369 or ghyatt@coppin.edu.

Join us for this sixtieth anniversary production and experience the struggles of the Younger family, as mother, son and sister strive to transform their deferred, conflicting dreams into reality.

How do they resolve their differences when those dreams collided in conflict?  How do they summon the strength to triumph over the obstacles they face in mid-twentieth century America?  Can we learn, from their journeys, to resolve our own conflicts, discover our strengths, and overcome the obstacles we will face when, in just a few years, we enter the second quarter of twenty-first century America?  Will we defer our dreams, or will we relish them?

Sixty years ago, on March 11, 1959, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun became the first play by an African American woman to open on Broadway.   The cast included Sidney Poitier as Walter Lee Younger; Claudia McNeil as his mother, Lena; and Diana Sands as his sister, Beneatha. 

From March 8 to March 11, 2019, as African American History Month ends and Women’s History Month begins, Coppin Repertory Theatre proudly presents A Raisin in the Sun as its first production in the refurbished Johnson Auditorium, featuring Kareem Carpenter, Coppin urban arts graduate and Director of Theatre at Baltimore’s Connexions Community Based Arts School, as Walter Lee; Charlene Harris, playwright and member of The Arena Players, as Lena; and Dorrian Wilson, Coppin urban arts senior and 2019 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region Two Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship winner, as Beneatha.

A Raisin in the Sun will be performed in Johnson Auditorium, located at the 2500 W. North Avenue entrance to Coppin’s campus on Friday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 9, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 10, at 3:00 p.m., and Monday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. 

Tickets are $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors, members of the military and non-Coppin students with IDs, and $10 for Coppin and BCCC students with IDs.

Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. All proceeds of the Saturday, March 9, 2:00 p.m. matinee will benefit the Amini Johari Courts scholarship, being endowed to honor Prof. Courts, retired professor and Coppin State Director Emerita of Theatre.  Prof. Courts will attend this performance.  For more information about all performances and group discounts, contact Dr. Garey A. Hyatt at 410 – 951-3369 or ghyatt@coppin.edu. 

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