March 3 - 21
A Raisin in the SunBuy Tickets
New Performances Added: March 20 – 21, 2021
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by Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by Roberta Emerson
What happens to a dream deferred? In the South Side of Chicago, a poor Black family struggles to stay afloat as they search for financial stability and a place to call home. Tensions flare as the generations reach for different dreams and prejudice seeps into their lives. Filled with passion, humor, and humanity, A Raisin in the Sun is an iconic piece of American dramatic literature that will move audiences of all ages.
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This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program. This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida. This project is funded in part by United Arts of Central Florida, home of OrlandoAtPlay.com and UAArtsEd.com.
cast & crew
Cast (in order of appearance)
Ruth Younger: Da’Zaria Harris
Travis Younger: Omari Pernell
Walter Lee Younger: Durell R. Brown
Beneatha Younger: Ambria M. Benjamin
Lena Younger: Jade L. Jones
Joseph Asagai: Matthew Zenon
George Murchison: Mackenley Ria
Bobo: Kadesh Lewis
Karl Lindner: Bobbie Bell
Director: Roberta Emerson
Scenic Designer: Tramaine Berryhill
Lighting Designer: Kathy Wiebe
Costume Designer: Kat Henwood
Sound Designer: Anthony Narciso*
Assistant Sound Designer: Anthony Marshall
Original Music: Anthony Narciso*, Anthony Marshall
Props Master: Erica Felton
Stage Manager: Kelly Lemos
Master Carpenter: John Phillip Sublette
Assistant Carpenter: Justin Harmon
*Member, United Scenic Artists
March 12, 2021 | After the 7:30 pm performance
Join our team for a post-show talkback with Central Florida Entertainment Advocacy Lead Organizer Meka King! After the performance on March 12, Director Roberta Emerson, Meka, and members of the cast will join together to discuss A Raisin in the Sun, its themes, and the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our industry.
Through the Garden’s ongoing partnership with CFEA, we look forward to continuously bringing their voices into our work and creating a community for all artists and guests. Funds generously donated at this performance will support CFEA’s mission to “create a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive arts and entertainment community in Central Florida.”
“Besides this being a powerful play, the performances by the actors who played the family was superb!” – Garden Theatre Guest
“From start to finish, this production was excellent. Absolutely excellent. Casting, production design, directing… the first act lit a fire and the second act burned down the building. I was still fighting back tears in the car on the way home.” – Garden Theatre Guest
“A Raisin in the Sun has plenty of moments where the characters deliver monologues almost Shakespearean in nature — but under [Roberta] Emerson’s guidance, they never sound like pontificating. These are actual humans giving us glimpses of their souls.”
To best protect your health, we will implement physically-distanced seating for most of our season. We will reduce the number of tickets sold each showtime for A Class Act, and A Raisin in the Sun, and Godspell.