MUSKEGON — A local production of one of the most famous dramas in the American theatre canon will open Friday, Feb. 16 at the Beardsley Theater in downtown Muskegon.
Muskegon Civic Theatre’s production of playwright Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 “A Raisin in the Sun” will run, for 10 performances, through March 3 at the 165-seat venue. Evening shows begin at 7:30, and matinees are 3 p.m.
Tickets are $22 for adults, and $20 for students and senior citizens. They are available at the box office of the downtown Frauenthal Center. The box office is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and two hours before performances. For reservations, call (231) 727-8001.
MCT’s “A Raisin in the Sun” is being directed by Jeannette Casson.
The cast includes Briana Hardy as Lena Younger, Brandon D. Davis as Walter Lee Younger, Da’kiya Covington as Beneatha Younger, Zaneta Adams as Ruth Younger, Jayluand John Knight as Travis Younger, Jamelle Sargent as Joseph Asagai, Jonathan Adams as George Murchison, Reuben Miles Crosby as Bobo, Christopher Beaman as Karl Lindner, Jonathon Adams, Joe Hasper and Kirk Hunter as moving men, and Rev. Anita McCants as Mrs. Johnson.
Set on the South Side of Chicago, “A Raisin in the Sun” concerns three generations of the Youngers, an African American family whose members dream of bettering their lives.
The Younger family’s conflicting hopes give rise to tensions as they face prejudice in moving into a white neighborhood.
The title of “A Raisin in the Sun” comes from the Langston Hughes poem “Harlem,” a.k.a. “A Dream Deferred.”
The original production of “A Raisin the Sun” starred Sidney Poitier as Walter, a role he reprised in the 1961 film adaptation.
The first cast also included Ruby Dee, Ivan Dixon, Louis Gossett Jr., Glynn Turman and John Fiedler.
“A Raisin in the Sun won the 1959 Best Play award of the New Drama Critics’ Circle.
MCT first staged “A Raisin in the Sun” in 1995.