Stockton’s Inner City Theatre presents “A Raisin in the Sun”

Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee in

Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee in "A Raisin in the Sun."

Stockton’s Inner City Theatre will be presenting a production of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic “A Raisin in the Sun,” Jan. 4-18.

Playwright Lorraine Hansberry debuted “A Raisin in the Sun” on Broadway in 1959, the first play written by a Black woman to be produced on the Broadway stage. The story follows a Black family’s experiences on Chicago’s south side and explores poverty, the value of the African heritage, and interracial tension in a segregated society.

Couple Walter and Ruth Younger and their young son Travis, Walter’s mother Lena (referred to as “Mama”) and sister Beneatha, live in poverty in a two-bedroom apartment.

They face extreme challenges as they try to purchase a home in a white neighborhood and Walter tries to invest in a liquor store with a friend.

The original Broadway cast included Sidney Poitier as Walter, Ruby Dee as Ruth, and Claudia McNeil as Lena. The play made it to the big screen in 1961 starring the original cast.

In 2008, the play was adapted as a television film starring Sean Combs, Audra McDonald, Sanaa Lathan, and Phylicia Rashad as Lena. Performances at Stockton’s Inner City Theatre, 1239 S Monroe St., are scheduled for Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 8 p.m. and will be followed by “talk-back” sessions.

Tickets are $12-$15. For tickets and more info, call (209) 594-0516.

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