Lincroft, NJ – “A Raisin in the Sun,” the seminal American drama, will be staged at Brookdale Community College’s Performing Arts Center (PAC) main theater, 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft. February 18 & 19 and February 25 & 26 show times are 8:00 p.m; February 20 & 27 performances are 4:00 p.m.
The Brookdale staging, a featured Black History Month event, will be directed by Darrell Lawrence Willis, Sr. The play is set on Chicago’s South Side and revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger Family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis and matriarch Lena.
When Mama Lena’s deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, she dreams of moving to a new home and a better Chicago neighborhood. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans. He wants to buy a liquor store and be his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice the family faces form this seminal American drama. Sacrifice, trust and love among the Younger family and their heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.
The local cast features Amir Jamal Accoo (Asbury Park) as Travis Younger, Ian Geffken as Karl Linder and Lorraine Stone as Lena Younger (Mama), both from Eatontown, Nathan Anthony (Howell) in the role of Karl Lindner, Kelika Chiane (Jackson) as Ruth Younger, Saige Sweet (Long Branch) as Beneatha Younger, Ashley Green (Matawan) as Moving Man and Raymond Dothard (Millstone Township) as Bobo. From Neptune, are Velda Harris as Lena Younger (Mama) understudy and Carolyn Watts as Mrs. Johnson, and from Neptune City, Will Nash will play George Murchison.
In the role of Joseph Asagai is Ladun Thompson (Newark), with Beneatha Younger portrayed by Shanique Holly-Hill (Ocean Grove). Rounding out the cast is Craig S. Coleman Sr (Orange) in the role of Walter Younger.
Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for Brookdale students with a valid ID (limit of two). Parking for the PAC is most convenient in lot #2.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 732-224-2411.