March 3 - 21

A Raisin in the Sun

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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 and


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


Production Team

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

post-show talkback

Post-Show Talkback

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.”

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Audience Reviews

“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

Critic Reviews

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.”

Seating Changes

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.

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