Photo Flash: First Look at TimeLine Theatre's A RAISIN IN THE SUN
TimeLine Theatre Company begins its 2013-14 season with the award-winning play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, directed by Ron OJ Parson, now through November 17, 2013 at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave, Chicago. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
A Raisin in the Sun brings together an extraordinary array of acclaimed artists from Chicago and beyond to tell the powerful story of an African-American family living in a crowded apartment on Chicago's South Side during the 1950s. The cast, led by Greta Oglesby(Phylicia Rashad's standby for the role of Lena Younger on Broadway and Jeff Award winner for Supporting Actress in a Play for Do Lord Remember Me at Chicago Theatre Company) as Lena "Mama" Younger and TimeLine Company Member Mildred Marie Langford(TimeLine's In Darfur and My Kind of Town) as Beneatha Younger, also features Wardell Julius Clark, Justin James Farley, Jerod Haynes, Alex Henderson, Toni Martin, Chris Rickett, Daryl Satcher and Oscar Vasquez.
The production staff for A Raisin in the Sun includes Brian Sidney Bembridge (Scenic and Lighting Design), Janice Pytel (Costume Design), Joshua Horvath (Sound Design), Nick Jackson (Properties Design), Tierra Novy (Lobby Design), Alexis Jade Links(Dramaturg), Jinni Pike (Stage Manager), Tyla Abercrumbie (Assistant Director), Cordie Nelson (Production Assistant), Ricky Lurie(Costume Design Associate), Austin Pettinger (Costume Design Assistant), Conor Keelan (Sound Design Assistant) and Mac Vaughey (Master Electrician).
A Raisin in the Sun is a poignant drama about the Younger family, who believe that a better life is just around the corner. But they are challenged when their plan to buy a home in the Clybourne Park neighborhood is thwarted by racial intolerance. This award-winning play celebrates faith, courage and the human spirit, even as it spotlights divisions that still plague Chicago more than 60 years after the play is set.
A Raisin in the Sun had its Broadway premiere at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on March 11, 1959, and the play was nominated for four Tony Awards in 1960. Resonating across generations, it served as inspiration for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris and for Kwame Kwei-Armah's new play Beneatha's Place, which premiered at Baltimore's Center Stage in May 2013.
To purchase tickets or for more information, call the TimeLine Theatre Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6 or buy online at timelinetheatre.com.
Photo Credit: Lara Goetsch
Karl Lindner (Chris Rickett, left) represents the Clybourne Park neighborhood and has a proposition for the Younger family, and Beneatha (Mildred Marie Langford, from left), Ruth (Toni Martin) and Walter Lee (Jerod Haynes) hear him out.
Walter Lee Younger (Jerod Haynes, right) and his wife Ruth (Toni Martin) try to work through their troubles.
Lena "Mama" Younger (Greta Oglesby, left) wants to help her son Walter Lee (Jerod Haynes), who is dreaming of a better life.
Walter Lee Younger (Jerod Haynes, center) dreams of a better life for his family, including his wife Ruth (Toni Martin, left) and mother Lena (Greta Oglesby).
Walter Lee Younger (Jerod Haynes, center) sees his dreams of a better life with his wife Ruth (Toni Martin, left) slipping away after his friend Bobo (Wardell Julius Clark) brings bad news.
Beneatha Younger (Mildred Marie Langford, left) isn't very open to the advances of her suitor George Murchison (Justin James Farley).
Joseph Asagai (Daryl Satcher, left) gives Beneatha Younger (Mildred Marie Langford) many new things to think about.
Walter Lee Younger (Jerod Haynes, left) and Lena "Mama" Younger (Greta Oglesby) have different ideas about how to give their family a better life.
Ruth Younger (Toni Martin, left) cannot coax her husband Walter Lee Younger (Jerod Haynes) into going to work.
The Younger family: Beneatha (Mildred Marie Langford, from left), Lena (Greta Oglesby), Ruth (Toni Martin), Walter Lee (Jerod Haynes) and Travis (Oscar Vasquez III, pictured, who alternates the role with Alex Henderson).
Beneatha Younger (Mildred Marie Langford) is attracted to new ways of living life.
Lena "Mama" Younger (Greta Oglesby) works to hold her family together and give them a better life.