A Raisin in the Sun - 2016

By Lorraine Hansberry, Directed by Tiffany Johnson

July 8-17, 2016

Presented in the Performing Arts Hall of the Harmon Fine Arts Center at Drake University.

Kamillah Camp-Bey (Beneatha) and Aaron Smith (Walter Lee). Photo: Andrea Markowski

Kamillah Camp-Bey (Beneatha) and Aaron Smith (Walter Lee). Photo: Andrea Markowski

The production itself seems like an extension of these dreams, even a fulfillment—for an emerging company with a debut director to accept the challenge of a play as rich and demanding as this, and to leave an enthusiastic audience standing, applauding and perhaps even transformed by what they’ve seen. This is a theatrical experience worth sharing, and worth supporting.
— Des Moines Register
Playing Walter, this local treasure again shows us the depth of feeling he can get into so little as a jerk of his head. Besides that, the setup demonstrates Johnson’s eye for the dynamics of the stage.
— John Domini, Des Moines Cityview


Set on Chicago's South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis and matriarch Lena. When her deceased husband's insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans, however: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. Sacrifice, trust and love among the Younger family and their heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiratio

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Learn more about Lorraine Hansberry by visiting: http://lhlt.org/

Learn more about director, Tiffany Johnson.