OAP to stage ‘Raisin in the Sun’

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EAST FALLS » East Falls’ Old Academy Play­ers will cel­e­brate the open­ing of its 96th sea­son open­ing with the Amer­i­can drama “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lor­raine Hans­berry.

Di­rected by Carla Childs and pro­duced by Jesse Fried­man, Ja­nine Lieber­man, Helga Krauss, Dale Mez­za­capa and Loretta Lucy Miller, this clas­sic will be per­formed Sept. 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30, with Fri­day and Satur­day per­for­mances at 8 p.m. and Sun­day per­for­mances at 2 p.m.

“A Raisin in the Sun,” set in the 1950s on Chicago’s South Side, is a ground­break­ing play re­volv­ing 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 Mama, the ma­tri­arch Lena. When Lena’s de­ceased hus­band’s in­surance money comes through, she dreams of mov­ing to a bet­ter neigh­bor­hood. Wal­ter Lee has other plans – buy­ing a liquor store and be­ing his own man. Be­neatha dreams of med­i­cal school. The strug­gles

of this poor, striv­ing black fam­ily to main­tain dig­nity, love and trust in a harsh and chang­ing world make this one of the most im­por­tant and in­spir­ing works in Amer­i­can drama.

In­di­vid­ual ticket prices are $20.

Park­ing for all per­for­mances is free.

For in­for­ma­tion and tick­ets, call 215-843-1109 or visit olda­cade­my­play­ers.org.

Old Academy Play­ers, where Grace Kelly and Robert Prosky made their stage de­buts, is a non­profit com­mu­nity theater lo­cated at 3544 In­dian Queen Lane in East Falls. Con­structed in 1819, the Old Academy build­ing has been the OAP home since 1932. Old Academy Play­ers has pro­vided con­tin­u­ous com­mu­nity theater since 1923 and is a mem­ber of the Greater Philadel­phia Cul­tural Al­liance.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — OLD ACADEMY PLAY­ERS

The cast of Old Academy Play­ers’ “A Raisin in the Sun” pre­pare for the up­com­ing pro­duc­tion. Pic­tured are, back row from left: Vanessa Bal­lard, Janae Rock­e­more and Will Jiggets; front row from left: Brian Neal and Jerome Scott.

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