OAP to stage ‘Raisin in the Sun’
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.
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.