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FWBHS Theatre Presents A Raisin in the Sun This Weekend

alt=""The Fort Walton Beach High School (FWBHS) Theatre opens the 2017-2018 season with Lorraine Hansberry’s classic American drama, A Raisin in the Sun, at the FWBHS Theatre, November 2-4 at 7:00 p.m. and November 5 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission and are available in the school office or at the door before the show.

One of the most powerful and beloved American plays ever written, “A Raisin in the Sun” tells the story of the Younger family’s struggle for dignity and a better life, and the backlash that erupts when they try to move beyond their oppressive Chicago tenement home. Set just prior to the Civil Rights movement in the early 1950’s, the story centers on the divergent dreams of three generations of the Younger family. The tensions and prejudice they face form this ground-breaking American drama, and their heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a timeless document of hope and inspiration. Walter Lee (Malique Coleman) is determined to use the proceeds from his father’s life insurance to buy a liquor store, but his mother Lena (Amayah Edwards), won’t hear of it.  Walter’s wife Ruth (India Malone) and sister Beneatha (Paitin Davis) are caught in the crossfire of the family struggle as they fight their own battles about a woman’s place and duty in the world.

 A Raisin in the Sun is the landmark drama that is as potent today as it was in 1959 when it debuted on Broadway. Taking its name from the poem "Harlem" by Langston Hughes, Hansberry asks a pivotal and tender question: "What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?"  

Winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, A Raisin in the Sun premiered at Broadway’s Ethel Barrymore Theatre, March 11, 1959.  The production starred Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, and Claudia McNeil.  The 1961 film version also starred Poitier and the Broadway cast.  Set to music in 1973 and called Raisin, it won the Tony Award for Best Musical.  A Raisin in the Sun has received two Broadway revivals – 2004 with P. Diddy, Audra McDonald and Phylicia Rashad and 2014 with Denzel Washington. 

This production is rated PG-13 for strong language. For more information, call the FWBHS Theatre Department at 850-833-3300 x1819 or email director Christa Whittaker at whittakerc@okaloosaschools.com.