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Cast Announced for "Scenes from A Raisin in the Sun'


"Scenes from A Raisin in the Sun," presented by SLU Theatre and Dance, will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 5, in the Mark Wilson Studio Theatre in Xavier Hall.

Set on Chicago’s South Side, Lorraine Hansberry's celebrated play concerns the divergent dreams and conflicts in three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis, and matriarch Lena. When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. Hansberry's portrait of one family’s struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.

Directed by Kathi Bentley, associate professor of theater performance, and artistic director of Southern Illinois University’s Black Theatre Workshop.

This presentation will feature excerpts from the acclaimed play, as well as discussions with the director and cast alongside SLU faculty. This program is presented in celebration of the play's 65th anniversary. "A Raisin in the Sun" marked the first play produced on Broadway by a Black female playwright.

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.  Parking is available at the Queen’s Daughters Hall parking lot at 3730 Lindell Blvd.