The Redhouse Arts Center

A New Three Theatre Complex at City Center

Black History Reading Series

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Black History Month Reading Series

Sponsored by Rapid Response Monitoring


Join us and listen to famous plays written by Black artists read by actors from around the country. We are excited to celebrate Black artists, Black writers, and Black lives with this incredible lineup of thought-provoking and important works: August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson, The Mountaintop, Raisin in the Sun 

These Virtual Readings will take place on our Redhouse YouTube Channel. To have access to watching the readings please pre-register below and we will email you a private link the day of the show. All Readings are free and open to the public.

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A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry  

Friday, March 5th at 8pm

The Younger’s apartment on Chicago’s Southside, in the early 1950’s.

Set on Chicago’s South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within 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. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. The Younger family’s heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.

Ruth Younger: Cathy Butler
Walter Lee Younger: Cameron Walker
Beneatha Younger: Johnesha Cardwel
Lena Younger: Tammy Reese
Joseph Asagai: Travis Clarke
Travis Younger/ George Murchison/ Bobo: Nyles Emile
Karl Lindner: Jason D. Luscier
Mrs. Johnson: Anne-Margaret Childress
Director: Kassandra Melendez-Ramirez
Stage Manager: Mookey Van Orden