A Raisin in the Sun, With Petronia Paley, Jimonn Cole, Begins April 14 at NJ's Crossroads

News   A Raisin in the Sun, With Petronia Paley, Jimonn Cole, Begins April 14 at NJ's Crossroads Crossroads Theatre Company, the Tony Award-winning resident theatre in New Brunswick, NJ, presents Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, the groundbreaking drama about the aspirations of an urban black family, April 14-May 1.

Jimonn Cole
Jimonn Cole Photo by Sherry Rubel

This is the title's first appearance on the stage of the African-American-focused Crossroads. Mamie Hansberry, the late playwright's sister, is scheduled to attend the official opening-night performance on April 16.

The play debuted on Broadway in 1959, a rare African-American voice in the commercial arena at a time when the topic of Civil Rights was on the minds of many.

Eric Ruffin directs a Crossroads cast that includes Petronia Paley ("Another World") as Mama; Jimonn Cole as Walter Lee; Chantal Jean-Pierre as Ruth; Vichelle Jones as Beneatha; Gregory Barnes as Travis; Andy Prosky as Lindner; Irungu Mutu as Asagai; and Johnny Ramey as George.

According to Crossroads, "In their Southside Chicago apartment, each member of the Younger family envisions the American dream differently in their struggle for a better life. When opportunity arises in the form of a life insurance check promising both hope and uncertainty, they face choices and inevitable disappointment for some of their dreams: Mama wants to buy a house; Walter wants to invest in a liquor store; Beneatha wants to attend medical school. Walter's wife Ruth's unexpected pregnancy threatens to derail the family's dreams altogether."

Crossroads is at 7 Livingston Ave., in New Brunswick, NJ. For more information, visit www.CrossroadsTheatreCompany.org or call (732) 545-8100. *

Crossroads Theatre Company was founded in 1978 by Ricardo Khan and L. Kenneth Richardson with the vision that African-American theatre is intended for a broad-based, diverse audience. As a major force in the development of new ideas and the introduction of formerly marginalized writers, Crossroads produces works that enrich and diversify the representation of African-American culture on the American stage. Crossroads has produced more than 40 world premieres and received the Tony Award in 1999 for Outstanding Regional Theatre in the United States.

Top row: Chantal Jean-Pierre, Petronia Paley and Vichelle Jones<br> Bottom row: Jimonn Cole and Gregory Barnes
Top row: Chantal Jean-Pierre, Petronia Paley and Vichelle Jones
Bottom row: Jimonn Cole and Gregory Barnes Photo by Sherry Rubel
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