The Theater Arts Department and the Cultural Arts and Diversity Resource Center present the groundbreaking play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, directed by UCSC lecturer Don Williams, featuring drama students from the UCSC African-American Theater Arts Troupe, and guest starring as Mama, award-winning actor and UCSC alumna Adilah Barnes* (Erin Brockovich, Roseanne, Cold Case, Prime Suspect…).
Considered a significant turning point in American theater because it addresses crucial racial and cultural concerns during the 1950s in the United States, A Raisin in the Sun takes a courageous look into how the “American Dream” excluded and marginalized African-Americans in our society.
Influenced by Hansberry’s own experiences, it also tackles head-on, various hot-button issues that remain relevant today, including discrimination, cultural identity, feminism, and abortion – topics that were considered off-limits when the play originally debuted in 1959.
Presented by the UCSC Theater Arts Department in conjunction with the Cultural Arts and Diversity Resource Center, the African American Theater Arts Troupe, and the UCSC Arts Division.
* Ms. Barnes appears through the courtesy of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
photo: Adilah Barnes as "Mama" (Steve DiBartolomeo)
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Advance tickets available online only.
Doors open 30 minutes before curtain.
Please be in your seat by the advertised start time.
“A Raisin in the Sun” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
March 2-3-4 and 8-9-10-11
Thu-Sat at 7:30PM, Sundays at 3:00PM
First half = 2 hrs
Second half = 30 min
Running time approx. 2.75-3 hrs.
There will be one 15-minute intermission.
$10 senior (62+)
$10 student w/ ID
$8 UCSC student (UCSC undergrads eligible for one $0 complimentary ticket per production)
$8 UCSC staff/faculty (2 tickets)
$8 UCSC alumni assoc. member (2 tickets)
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