FLORENCE -- The Francis Marion University Theatre presents Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 23-26, in the Fine Arts Theatre in the Hyman Fine Arts Center on the Florence Francis Marion University campus.
Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” created a sensation on the stage and film in its portrayal of an African American family in Chicago in the 1950s. The drama was, and is, viewed as one of the first real-life portrayals of a family striving to overcome racism as well as economic hardship. The play has been called contemporary for the 90s, despite its depiction of life three decades ago.
The cast includes Shemekia Nero of Florence, an English teacher certificate major, as Ruth Younger; Jared Glover of Columbia (29229), a mass communication major, as Travis Younger; Rodrick Belton of Columbia (29223), a biology major, as Walter Lee Younger; Samieka Gambrell of Florence, a mass communication major, as Beneatha Younger; Pauline Holmes of Marion, a Spanish major, as Lena Younger (Mama); George Boykin of Camden, a political science major, as Joseph Asagai; Patrick Grant of Marion, an economics major, as George Murchison; Carlos Baxley of Aiken, a mass communication major, as Bobo; and Christopher Wilcox of Florence, a computer science major, as Karl Lindner.
The play is directed by FMU assistant professor of theatre, D. Keith Best, assisted by FMU theatre art students, Darlene Granada of Florence and David Martinez of Inman, S.C. Associate professor of theatre David C. Granath is providing the scenic design, and the costumes have been designed by assistant professor of theatre Amy L. Sherwood. Granath is also designing lighting for the production.
The play begins at 8 p.m. each night, and is free and open to the public. Seating reservations are recommended and may be made by calling the box office at 661-1365. The box office is open to reserve seats Monday through Friday, 1-5 p.m. For more information about the production, call Best at 843-661-1549, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Later this season the Francis Marion University Theatre will present David Ives' “All in the Timing,” April 12-15.