The UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance Presents A RAISIN IN THE SUN
The UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance presents A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, directed by Kim Rubenstein.
A classic of the American stage, A Raisin in the Sun follows Walter Younger and his family in Chicago, each feeling confined by their physical home space and the social roles they've been assigned. When an insurance payout after the death of the family's patriarch offers an opportunity to improve their lives, individual priorities and how they affect others come into question.
A preview of the show takes place on Feb. 7 at 7:00 PM. The show runs from Feb. 9-17 at 7:30 PM with a matinee on Feb. 10 at 2:00 PM. Performances are in Mandell Weiss Theatre in the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theatre District on UC San Diego's campus: 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, CA. For information about parking, please see the website.
Tickets are $20 for regular performances. Subscriptions and group rates are available. Student tickets are $10 for regular performances. Faculty, staff, alumni and senior citizen discounts available as well. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the box office at (858) 534-4574.
The cast features Michael Rishawn (Walter Lee Younger), Amara Granderson (Beneatha Younger), Kimberly (Nubia) Monks (Lena Younger), Janet Fiki (Ruth Younger), Xavier Clark (Joseph Asagai), Sidney Hill (George Murchison/Bobo), Andrew Gallop (Mr. Karl Lindner), Max Mitchell (Travis Younger).
The production staff includes Kim Rubenstein (Director), Anna Robinson (Scenic & Projections Designer), Evan Kwong (Costume Designer), Joel Britt (Lighting Designer), Stephen Jensen (Sound Designer), Eva Barnes (Vocal Coach), James Newcomb (Fight Choreographer) Joseph Hendel (Assistant Director), Jeffrey Sims (Assistant Director), Clarice Sobon (Assistant Director), Samuel Keamy-Minor (Assistant Scenic Designer), Michael Wogulis (Assistant Scenic Designer), Justin Beets (Assistant Lighting Designer), Bryan Runion (Production Stage Manager), Amber Dettmers (Stage Manager), Mona Gutierrez (Assistant Stage Manager), Alex Luong (Production Assistant).
About the playwright: Lorraine Hansberry was an African-American playwright and writer. She was the first black woman to write a play performed on Broadway. Hansberry's family had struggled against segregation, challenging a restrictive covenant and eventually provoking the Supreme Court case Hansberry v. Lee. At the age of 29, she won the New York's Drama Critic's Circle Award - making her the first black dramatist, the fifth woman, and the youngest playwright to do so. She died of cancer at the age of 34.
About the director: Kim Rubinstein was most recently Long Wharf Theatre's Associate Artistic Director where she directed Guys and Dolls, Midsummer Night's Dream, Private Lives, Santaland Diaries, and The Cocktail Hour. This past summer she directed Much Ado About Nothing for Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Other regional credits include The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Portland Center Stage and San Jose Rep), Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Julius Caesar (Chicago Shakespeare), Love's Labour's Lost (Next Theatre), The Tempest (Southwest Rep), The American Plan and Eloise and Ray (Roadwoarks), Pan and Boone (Running with Scissors), Baby With The Bathwater (Roundhouse Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival), Beckett Shorts (Berkshire Theatre Festival, Splinter Group's Buckets O'Beckett Festival. She was Associate Director with Michael Mayer and Tour Director of the National Tour of Angels In America.
Her other teaching credits include ten years on the acting/directing faculty at Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Brown/Trinity Consortium, Wesleyan University, NTI at The O'Neill Center and a ongoing teaching gig with the School at Steppenwolf. Kim has been very active in the development of new plays and has directed many readings and workshops at places like New Dramatists and Long Wharf.
Ms. Rubinstein is a recipient of the TCG/NEA directing fellowship and was nominated for the Alan Schneider Directing Award, among other awards for her directing and teaching. Upcoming projects: SANTALAND DIARIES at the Long Wharf, THE AMERICAN PLAN at The Old Globe.