The ENC Theatre Department will present its production of A Raisin in the Sun at 7:30 pm February 14-16 at the Cove Fine Arts Center.
First presented on Broadway in 1959 ? and later turned into a feature film starring Sidney Poitier ? Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun recounts the story of the Youngers, an African American family seeking to escape from their South Side Chicago apartment and achieve the American Dream amid the tension and upheaval of the Civil Rights Movement.
Director Tara Brooke Watkins said A Raisin in the Sun marks ENC’s first theater production to address the black experience in America.
“Half of ENC’s theater majors are African American, as is a significant portion of the college’s overall student population,” she said, noting that February is African American History Month. “And just like the characters in the play are not fully aware of their African heritage, the cast was not fully aware of the historical struggle of black Americans. It has been a teaching opportunity for all of us from the moment of the first rehearsal.”
To offer a fresh take on the production, ENC will present the play in a “black box format,” whereby the audience is seated on the stage along with the actors.
“The crux of the play hinges on whether this family will be able to move out of their cramped apartment,” Watkins said. “The black box format will bring the audience right into that tiny apartment, bringing awareness to the family’s plight in a whole new way.”
Each performance will also be followed by conversations between the audience and the actors.
“ENC is a richly diverse campus,” Watkins continued. “I am hoping that this play will open a dialogue between students on campus, actors, audience members and the larger community.”
Tickets for A Raisin in the Sun are $10 general admission, $8 students and seniors, $5 ENC students and children 12 and under. Because of the black box staging, seating is limited and advance tickets are recommended. For tickets or more information, call the ENC box office at 617-745-3715 or visit the online box office. ENC students can purchase tickets in Cove.