PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University’s School of Music and Theatre Arts present their second main stage show of the season with Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” at 8 p.m., Feb 13-16, in Daggy Hall’s R.R. Jones Theatre.
“A Raisin in the Sun,” directed by WSU associate professor of music and theatre George Caldwell, was Broadway’s first and longest running African-American show. Newsweek magazine called it a “pivotal play in the history of the American Black theatre.”
The story of the play, set in Chicago’s south side in 1955, revolves around the dreams and conflicts among three generations of a black family. Written in 1959, the play delivers a powerful message even today, Caldwell said. The play is for all ages, but Caldwell says, college students will get the most out of it. “This generation of college students is the one that has made friends without any regard to race.”
“A Raisin in the Sun” stars Yvette Davenport as Mama, Melissa Commodore as Ruth and Cristofer Davenport as Walter Lee. This play will be Davenport’s seventh show at WSU and second show working with Caldwell as a director.
Tickets for all shows are $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, $4 for undergraduate students and free for graduate students and their spouses. Student discounts are provided by Visual, Performing and Literary Arts Committee. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at (509) 335-7236.