The Center for Theater Arts commemorates the 40th anniversary of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun" with presentations of this award-winning play through late February and early March in Zellerbach Playhouse.
Featuring scenes by the author never before performed on stage or screen, the play examines family issues, humanism and cross-cultural commonalties-themes still relevant in America's continuing debate over race relations.
Winner of the 1959 New York Drama Critic's Circle award, "A Raisin in the Sun" helped launch the careers of Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee and is produced on stage more frequently than any other play written by an African-American.
Friday and Saturday performances Feb. 27 and 28 and March 6 and 7 begin at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees March 1 and 8 begin at 2 p.m. Admission is $10 general, $7 faculty and staff, and $5 students. To purchase tickets, call 642-9988 or stop by the Cal Performance ticket office in Zellerbach Hall.
A special benefit reception honoring outstanding African-American writers and artists will launch the production Friday, Feb. 27. Guests include author Terry McMillan, actress Akosua Busia and Berkeley professors Barbara Christian, Mary O'Neal, V'e V'e Clark and Margaret Wilkerson. For information about the reception, call 642-1677.
A symposium and lecture will be presented in conjunction with the play.
"Lorraine Hansberry: The Writer, Her Times and Our Times" will
be discussed by a panel of scholars Feb. 19 at 3:30 p.m. and by Margaret
Wilkerson Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. Both lectures take place in the Durham