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A Raisin in the Sun

May 21ĖJune 15

Patricia McGregor (A Winter's Tale, Spunk) opens our 2014 season with the saga of the Younger family of 1950s Chicago, and the inheritance check that threw into question everything they knew. This American classic about a dream deferred was the first play written by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway, and was proclaimed by the New York Times to have, in its world premiere, ďchanged American theater forever.Ē

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CREATIVE TEAM

Patricia McGregor - Director
Dede Ayite - Set Designer
Katherine Nowacki - Costume Designer
Gabe Maxson - Lighting Designer
Will McCandless - Sound Designer
Nancy Carlin - Vocal/Text Coach
Laxmi Kumaran* - Stage Manager
Christina Hogan* - Assistant Stage Manager
Maria Calderazzo - Assistant Director
Krista Smith - Assistant Lighting Designer

CAST

Rotimi Agbabiaka* - Joseph Asagai
Nemuna Ceesay* - Beneatha Younger
Margo Hall* - Lena Younger (Mama)
Marcus Henderson* - Walter Lee Younger
Ryan Nicole Peters - Ruth Younger
Liam Vincent* - Karl Lindner
York Walker* - George Murchison/Bobo
Howard Johnson Jr. - Moving Man 1, Ensemble
Drew Watkins - Moving Man 2, ensemble
Zion Richardson, Ajani Barrow - Travis Younger

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

Ellen & Joffa Dale
Maureen & Calvin Knight
Helen & John Meyer
Nicola Miner & Robert Mailer Anderson
Peter & Delanie Read
Michael & Virginia Ross
Jean Simpson
Sharon & Barclay Simpson
Jay Yamada

PRODUCERS

Craig & Kathy Moody
Nancy Olson
Alan Schnur & Julie Landres
Buddy & Jodi Warner

*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association.  

PHOTOS

Production Photos

Raisin in the Sun Cal Shakes

Ryan Nicole Peters as Ruth and Zion Richardson as Travis in California Shakespeare Theaterís production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.

Raisin in the Sun Cal Shakes

Ryan Nicole Peters as Ruth and Zion Richardson as Travis in California Shakespeare Theaterís production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.

Raisin in the Sun Cal Shakes

Ryan Nicole Peters as Ruth and Marcus Henderson as Walter in California Shakespeare Theaterís production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.


               Raisin in the Sun Cal Shakes

(foreground) Nemuna Ceesay as Beneatha and Ryan Nicole Peters as Ruth in California Shakespeare Theaterís production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.

Raisin in the Sun Cal Shakes

(L to R) Nemuna Ceesay as Beneatha, Ryan Nicole Peters as Ruth, and Margo Hall as Lena in California Shakespeare Theaterís production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.

Raisin in the Sun Cal Shakes

(L to R) Ryan Nicole Peters as Ruth and Margo Hall as Lena in California Shakespeare Theaterís production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.

Raisin in the Sun Cal Shakes

(L to R) Margo Hall as Lena, Ryan Nicole Peters as Ruth, and Zion Richardson as Travis in California Shakespeare Theaterís production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.

Raisin in the Sun Cal Shakes

Marcus Henderson as Walter and Margo Hall as Lena in California Shakespeare Theaterís production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.

Raisin in the Sun Cal Shakes

(L to R) Margo Hall as Lena and Marcus Henderson as Walter in California Shakespeare Theaterís production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.

Raisin in the Sun Cal Shakes

(L to R) Marcus Henderson as Walter and Margo Hall as Lena in California Shakespeare Theaterís production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.

Raisin in the Sun Cal Shakes

(foreground) Marcus Henderson as Walter and Ryan Nicole Peters as Ruth in California Shakespeare Theaterís production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.

Raisin in the Sun Cal Shakes

(L to R) Ryan Nicole Peters as Ruth and Marcus Henderson as Walter in California Shakespeare Theaterís production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.

Raisin in the Sun Cal Shakes

(L to R) Ryan Nicole Peters as Ruth and Marcus Henderson as Walter in California Shakespeare Theaterís production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.

Raisin in the Sun Cal Shakes

(L to R) Margo Hall as Lena, Ryan Nicole Peters as Ruth and Marcus Henderson as Walter in California Shakespeare Theaterís production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.

Raisin in the Sun Cal Shakes

(L to R) Margo Hall as Lena and Marcus Henderson as Walter in California Shakespeare Theaterís production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.

Raisin in the Sun Cal Shakes

(L to R) Marcus Henderson as Walter and Zion Richardson as Travis in California Shakespeare Theaterís production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.

Raisin in the Sun Cal Shakes

(L to R) Marcus Henderson as Walter and Zion Richardson as Travis in California Shakespeare Theaterís production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.

Raisin in the Sun Cal Shakes

The cast of California Shakespeare Theaterís production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.

Raisin in the Sun Cal Shakes

(L to R) Nemuna Ceesay as Beneatha, Marcus Henderson as Walter, and Margo Hall as Lena in California Shakespeare Theaterís production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.

Raisin in the Sun Cal Shakes

(foreground) Marcus Henderson as Walter, and (background L to R) Margo Hall as Lena and Nemuna Ceesay as Beneatha in California Shakespeare Theaterís production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.

Raisin in the Sun Cal Shakes

(foreground) Nemuna Ceesay as Beneatha and Marcus Henderson as Walter in California Shakespeare Theaterís production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.

Raisin in the Sun Cal Shakes

(L to R) Marcus Henderson as Walter and Margo Hall as Lena in California Shakespeare Theaterís production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.

Raisin in the Sun Cal Shakes

(foreground) Marcus Henderson as Walter and Margo Hall as Lena and in California Shakespeare Theaterís production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.

Raisin in the Sun Cal Shakes

Margo Hall as Lena in California Shakespeare Theaterís production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.

Publicity Photo

American Night Cal Shakes

(L to R) Ryan Nicole Peters as Ruth Younger, Zion Richardson as Travis Younger, Marcus Henderson as Walter Lee Younger, and Margo Hall as Lena (Mama) Younger in Cal Shakesí A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.

Inside Scoop Photos

Raisin in the Sun Inside Scoop

Actor Marcus Henderson and Director Patricia McGregor speak with moderator Marilyn Langbehn at the Inside Scoop for A Raisin in the Sun, opening May 21 at the Bruns Amphitheater in Orinda. Photo by Jay Yamada.

Raisin in the Sun Inside Scoop

Actor Marcus Henderson speaks at the Inside Scoop for A Raisin in the Sun, opening May 21 at the Bruns Amphitheater in Orinda. Photo by Jay Yamada.

Raisin in the Sun Inside Scoop

Director Patricia McGregor speaks at the Inside Scoop for A Raisin in the Sun, opening May 21 at the Bruns Amphitheater in Orinda. Photo by Jay Yamada.

Raisin in the Sun Inside Scoop

Set Designer Dede M. Ayite and Actor Marcus Henderson at the Inside Scoop for A Raisin in the Sun, opening May 21 at the Bruns Amphitheater in Orinda. Photo by Jay Yamada.

Raisin in the Sun Inside Scoop

Set Designer Dede M. Ayite, Actor Marcus Henderson, and Director Patricia McGregor speak with moderator Marilyn Langbehn at the Inside Scoop for A Raisin in the Sun, opening May 21 at the Bruns Amphitheater in Orinda. Photo by Jay Yamada.

AUDIO & VIDEO

Coming soon.

PRESS

“[a] resonant revival … taps into the timelessness of the characters, the way their struggles to keep their heads above water echo our own.”Contra Costa Times/San Jose Mercury News

“quite an accomplishment… A magnetic Marcus Henderson is a battlefield of anger, thwarted ambitions and desperate dreams...Nemuna Ceesay lights up the stage… [Director] McGregor takes care to drive home the ambiguous future the Youngers face.”San Francisco Chronicle

“Patricia McGregor’s staging revives [Raisin] with considerable power and nuance… McGregor, who staged a vibrant ‘Spunk’ for Cal Shakes in 2012, delivers a penetrating production, and a powerhouse cast embodies Hansberry’s characters with a fine mix of humor and incendiary heat.”San Francisco Examiner

“When we arrived at the outdoor theater, it was still light, and the backdrop of the set - the rolling hills of Orinda - were as brightly lit as the set itself. So even before the theatrical action began, there was a play outside the play: The hills are majestic, romantic, images straight from a Maynard Dixon painting. Nestled in a glen is the cramped Chicago tenement created for the play. Perhaps the juxtaposition is apt metaphor for the subject.”San Francisco Chronicle

“Deft in its direction and design, a first-rate creative team takes the play’s 1950s history and stuns contemporary sensibilities with subtle and overt messages proving an era can represent eternity - especially in America, where skin color continues to divide and destroy the country’s union. Director Patricia McGregor exceeds expectations, which are high… With a bravura cast, McGregor knows when to rein in the firepower - and when to unleash it, wildly unbridled. … Departing the Bruns Amphitheater, it's possible to be filled with the joy of finely curated theater - and dismayed, that yesterday’s battles to defeat racism and poverty are not yet won.”La Morinda Weekly

“By intermission, I already felt astonished...[Raisin] dances with many social struggles that are still happening today. The Younger family and Bay Area folk both struggle with the choice to either occupy or not to occupy. Watching one familyís tale helps me understand my own.”PopFront

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

We believe in opening young minds to the power and magic of live theater. However, we understand that every production may not be appropriate for every child or family, as we frequently address mature issues, ideas, and themes. We encourage you to consider whether any particular Main Stage production is appropriate for your child, and to be in dialogue with us and your children about the content and/or artistic expression therein.

Though this play contains themes of prejudice, poverty, and racism, A Raisin in the Sun is commonly taught to middle and high school students.

Children under four are not permitted in the Amphitheater as a courtesy to our patrons and artists.