A RAISIN IN THE SUN to Launch Dallas Theater Center's 2013-14 Season, 9/13-10/27
Dallas Theater Center launches its 2013-14 season with A Raisin in the Sun. Tre Garrett of Fort Worth's Jubilee Theatre will make his directorial debut at DTC with this Tony Award-winning play. A Raisin in the Sun begins with a Pay-What-You-Can performance on Friday, September 13 and runs through Sunday, October 27 at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Tickets to A Raisin in the Sun are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.DallasTheaterCenter.org or by phone at (214) 880-0202.
"For 54 years Dallas Theater Center has been committed to producing classic works of theater in fresh new productions that introduce new generations of theatergoers to the greatest plays of the past," says DTC Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty. "A Raisin in the Sun was a groundbreaking play when it premiered in 1959, marking the first time a play written by an African American woman was produced on Broadway. Its explorations of family and the definition of the American Dream still resonates powerfully today."
A Raisin in the Sun follows the Youngers, an African-American family living on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s. Their universal dreams and aspirations for a better life seem within reach at the start of the play as the family waits to receive a large sum of money. But as each member of the family comes up with their own plans for how to spend this new-found wealth, achieving that dream is jeopardized. Lorraine Hansberry's play touches on a number of issues from generational clashes to civil rights, and the essential questions about identity, justice and moral responsibility that are at the heart of these struggles.
"What inspires me the most about working on this play with an immensely talented cast is the opportunity to work with a theater that believes in the social responsibility to produce work that will shape and inform a community," says director Tre Garrett. "This play is about the American dream and the challenges and personal revelations of that pursuit. It reminds us that even though we've come so far as a society, we still have great lengths to go to make that dream attainable to all."
"I'm thrilled to welcome director Tre Garrett to DTC with this production," says Moriarty. "As a peer artistic director in the community, I've been fortunate to count Tre as a trusted friend and colleague since he first came to Fort Worth several years ago. His work leading Jubilee Theatre has been transformational for the company, and I've loved every production of his that I've seen there. I'm proud to introduce his work to our audience at the Wyly Theatre, and I hope it will inspire Dallas audiences to visit Jubilee in the coming year, as well."
DTC Brierley Resident Acting Company Member Liz Mikel stars as Lena Younger. Mikel is a North Texas favorite whose has included starring on Broadway in Lysistrata Jones and on the television series Friday Night Lights; her work at DTC includes A Christmas Carol, Joseph and the Amazing TechnicolorDreamcoat and The Wiz. Other Company members include Hassan El-Amin as Bobo (FLY, King Lear, God of Carnage), Tiffany Hobbs as Beneatha (The Odd Couple, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Christmas Carol) and Steven Michael Walters as Karl Lindner (King Lear, Next Fall, Henry IV). Bowman Wright is making his DTC debut as Walter Lee Younger, the role originated by Sidney Poitier in 1959. Additional members of the cast include Jakeem Powell as Joseph Asagai, Oluwaseun Soyemi as George Murchison, Jacob Stewart as Jim/Tom and Ptosha Storey as Ruth Younger. Christopher Adkins and Justise Maon will alternate in the role of Travis Younger. McClendon Giles (a DTC Project Discovery alum) and William Sinclair Moore will alternate in the role of the Moving Man.
To create the restricted physical environment in which the family lives, set designer Bob Lavallee relied heavily on period research and regularly returned to the lines of the Langston Hughes' poem..."What happens to a dream deferred...Maybe it just sags Like a heavy load" "I envisioned the Younger apartment as a holding room for that 'dream deferred," says Lavallee. "One in which they spend a great deal of time in the dreaming of leaving, holding on to that sagging heavy load, as deterioration sets in around them."