COPPIN STATE COMMEMORATES 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF A RAISIN IN THE SUN

(BALTIMORE—February 15, 2019) – Coppin Repertory Theatre at Coppin State University continues its 2018-2019 Commemorative Theatre Season with a special production in celebration of the 60th anniversary of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. Performances will run March 8-11, 2019 in the James Weldon Johnson Auditorium, 2500 West North Avenue.

A Raisin in the Sun Show Times

Friday, March 8th ……………………………….………………………7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 9th……….……………………………..2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 10th …………………………….………………………3:00 p.m.
Monday, March 11th ………………………………..……………………..7:30 p.m.

Based on the Langston Hughes poem Dream Deferred, A Raisin in the Sun tells the story of an African American family living on Chicago’s South Side during the late 1950’s, struggling for their piece of the American Dream. Alternating between humor and drama, Hansberry’s play chronicles the struggles of members of the Younger family as they attempt to break out of the vicious cycle of poverty. Each has a dream, at times at odds with each other’s, but always deferred.

A Raisin in the Sun made its historic Broadway debut on March 11, 1959 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, where it ran for 530 performances. The production, directed by Lloyd Richards, featured a stellar cast including Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Claudia McNeil and Diana Sands.

The play won the 1959 New York Drama Critics Circle Award and a Pulitzer Prize nomination. The 1961 movie adaptation, with the original cast, won the Gary Cooper Award at the 1962 Cannes International Film Festival. A subsequent musical version of the play won Tony and Grammy Awards in 1974 for Best Musical.

Hansberry’s play was revived on Broadway in April 2004, in celebration of its 45th anniversary.

Directed by Kenny Leon, the cast included Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald and Sanaa Lathan. Rashad and McDonald received Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Actress in a Play and Best Featured Actress in a Play, respectively. Rashad also made history, becoming
the first African American actress to win the Tony for Leading Actress in a Play. During its run, the revival of A Raisin in the Sun was the highest grossing non-musical on Broadway.

Coppin’s Professor Willie O. Jordan is directing the campus production.

The cost of admission is $25.00 for the general public, $20.00 for seniors and non-Coppin students.

Coppin students with ID are admitted for $10.00. Group discounts are also available.

To purchase tickets online, go to www.raisinatcoppin.brownpapertickets.com. For additional
information, call Dr. Garey Hyatt at (410) 951-3369.