A Raisin in the Sun - Western Tech Production

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A Raisin in the Sun
News Release
Contact: Rob Zienta, 410-887-0945

Western Tech Theater Announces Performance of A Raisin in the Sun

A revitalized theater program at Baltimore County’s Western School of Technology and Environmental Science has announced its production of Lorraine Hansberry’s, A Raisin in the Sun, scheduled Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 at 7 p.m. in the school’s performance hall, which also functions as the stage for its plays and musical productions. Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets may be purchased at the door. The play is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

The story revolves around the struggle of a late 1950s poor Chicago family hoping to move from their tenement apartment to a better life. The father has died, and the family awaits the delivery of the insurance money. The pressure and tension mounts as family members wait to see what Lena Younger, the mother and family matriarch, decides to do with the money. The siblings, Beneatha and Walter Lee, experience conflicting views of ambitions and dreams that threaten to tear the family apart.
Hansberry presents a touching story of a family’s tribulations and triumphs as they encounter racism, deception and fear. Through Beneatha , a brilliant and capable African-American woman aspiring to become a doctor, Hansberry effectively focuses on  the issues of racism and sexism in late 1950s America.

The insurance money arrives as Beneatha is poised to begin medical school, while her brother, Walter Lee, a chauffeur, is looking for an opportunity to become a successful businessman and earn the respect of his family. Both see the anticipated insurance money as a means to achieve their dreams, the question is, can the family overcome the challenges confronting them?

“Our Western Tech theater students are working hard to ensure a performance that captures Hansberry’s passionate and compelling story. I got very excited of their commitment to the production when they showed up for the first rehearsal with lines for the first scene already memorized”, said play director Rob Zienta.

“Both the performing and visual arts at Western Tech are undergoing a dramatic student led resurgence, which this theater production represents. The production is part of an overall commitment of this school to the arts. We welcome the community to our theater and music productions, as well as, viewing the artwork of our students”, said Jesse Dortzbach, visual and performing arts department chair.

Cast members include: Lena Younger (the mother), played by Janiece Yates; Beneatha, is played by Naja McDonald (Sat) and Raven Jacks (Fri); Walter Lee Younger, played by Xavier Harris; Ruth (his wife); played by Brianna Reed; Asagai (a Nigerian suitor of Beneatha) is Christian Stafford; George Murchison (another suitor of Beneatha) is Fredrick Davis; Mr. and Mrs. Black are played by Peter Baldwin and Angela Oppel.

Western Tech Performance Hall
Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1  @ 7pm


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