Alumni of the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department are bringing an intimate new revival of the classic drama A Raisin in the Sun to Chicago audiences.
Presented by the Invictus Theatre Company, the production is directed by Columbia College alum Aaron Reese Boseman ‘12, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s Theatre Directing program.
The cast includes Michael Lewis, a former student in the Columbia College Theatre Department’s Acting program. Lewis plays Walter Lee Younger, a young father on Chicago’s South Side in the 1950s, who is struggling to make a better life for his family. Barry Irving, also a former student in the Theatre Department’s Acting program, is Lewis’ understudy.
Also in the cast is Columbia College alum Keith Surney ’13, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Acting.
Columbia College alum Kevin Rolfs ’17, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Theatre Design, is the show’s set and properties designer. And Columbia College alum Glenn Thompson ’14, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Acting with a Minor in Stage Combat, is the production’s fight/intimacy choreographer). The show runs at the Pride Arts Center’s Buena theatre, located at 4147 N. Broadway in Chicago. Student discounts are available. For tickets, click here.
Written by Chicago-bred poet, playwright, and civil rights activist Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun was the first play by an African-American woman produced on Broadway, where it opened in March 1959 following a Chicago tryout the previous month at the Blackstone Theatre, now known as the Merle Reskin Theatre of DePaul University.