Dreams Deferred: Crossing Continents and Cultures with A RAISIN IN THE SUN

Celebrate World Theatre Day
with Performances from
South Africa, Sweden, and the US
of an American Classic

Groundbreaking at the time, the 1959 Broadway play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry showcased to a wider public the struggles of a poor African-American family in the United States. Prominent high profile productions took place for the first time ever in 2016 in Sweden, directed by Josette Bushell-Mingo, OBE, and at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, directed by James Ngcobo. Arena Stage’s Mead Center for the American Theatre in Washington, DC will produce the play in April of 2017.

Dreams Deferred, a one-night-only event, will explore the resonance of this classic play in three different cultural contexts – South Africa, Sweden, and the United States – as well as the larger cross-current themes of racial equality and justice, the legacies of author Lorraine Hansberry, the Civil Rights Movement and Apartheid. The evening will include scenes from A Raisin in the Sun and other pieces artistically inspired by the monumental legacy of Hansberry’s play, and participants including the celebrated directors of these productions, Swedish director Josette Bushell-Mingo, OBE, James Ngcobo, Artistic Director of the Market Theatre, and Joi Gresham, Director and Trustee of the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust, and the event will be moderated by Georgetown Professor and leading Hansberry expert Soyica Colbert. The evening will begin with Kwame Kwei-Armah, OBE, Artistic Director of Baltimore CenterStage and producer of the Raisin Cycle in 2013, who will give the US World Theatre Day address.

Please note: this event has limited seating, which is available on a first come, first served basis. Any tickets not picked up 15 minutes prior to curtain may be released to patrons on standby.

Dreams Deferred is produced by The Lab, Theatre Communications Group, and the Global Theater Initiative in partnership with the Swedish Embassy, and in association with the South African Embassy, Riksteatern, and the International Theatre Institute. It is part of World Theatre Day, and will be livestreamed by HowlRound TV.

Created in 1961, World Theatre Day, is celebrated annually on March 27 by International Theatre Institute Centers around the world and the international theater community. Each year, a renowned theater artist of world stature is invited to craft an International Message to mark the global occasion.

Monday, March 27, 2017 at 7:30pm

Gaston Hall
37th and O St., N.W., Washington

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