“What happens to a dream deferred?/Does it dry up/like a raisin in the sun?/ Or fester like a sore– /And then run?” Few poems retain such immense power for so long as Langston Hughes’ “A Dream Deferred,” from which A Raisin in the Sun takes its title. And it’s fitting, since Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play also still resonates now, over fifty years after its initial production. And though many plays are produced or years after their debut, few actually inspire other playwrights to create entire other plays in response. Along with A Raisin in the Sun, the two plays written in response to it (Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park, and Kwame Kwei-Armah’s Beneatha’s Place) form a sort of triptych—the “Raisin Cycle” as it’s being called. You may have caught the productions at Center Stage last spring. But you may not know about the documentary film that was made about the productions. The documentary, A RAISIN IN THE SUN REVISITED airs on PBS—and is screened where it all started—at Center Stage– this month.
“These contemporary plays, inspired by A Raisin in the Sun and produced by Center Stage, are perfect examples of the inspired, thought-provoking, culturally significant work being done at American theater companies today,” said Donald Thoms, PBS Vice President of Programming and Talent Management. Of course, it’s extra cool that Beneatha’s Place was written by Kwame Kwei-Armah, the new artistic director at Center Stage. The screening at Center Stage is October 25th (mark your calendars!) with complimentary food and drinks. And an extra dose of Baltimore pride.
A Raisin in the Sun Revisited airs on PBS on October 25th. That evening, a screening will be held at Center Stage. For more information, or to make reservations, visit www.centerstage.org.
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