First Rehearsal of A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun at Actors Theatre

A Raisin in the Sun at Actors Theatre

“If I have any deep feelings at all as a writer, I have a suspicion of the universal humanity of all people, and I think it is possible to reach it through the theater.” – Lorraine Hansberry

Today was the first rehearsal for A Raisin in the Sun. Director Israel Hicks, Scenic Designer Paul Owen and Costume Designer Lorraine Venberg said a few words about the play and what they have in mind for this production.

What struck me most were two things:

  • In the course of Israel Hick’s illustrious career (currently as founding Artistic Director of Ebony Repertory Theatre and Associate Artist at Denver Center Theatre Company), this was actually the first time he would be directing a professional production of A Raisin in the Sun. Even established theatre artists count themselves blessed when finding themselves working on a great masterpiece like this.
  • Israel spoke about his ardent hope to be as truthful and straightforward as possible in his presentation of this play. He also mentioned that he feels the story is about the quest for human dignity.

Certainly something to which we can all relate. Lorraine Hansberry created a story and characters so alive and so true that the Younger Family’s story is both heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time.



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