Bellamy Will Direct Raisin in the Sun for Cleveland Play House; Casting Complete

News   Bellamy Will Direct Raisin in the Sun for Cleveland Play House; Casting Complete David Alan Anderson, Franchelle Stewart Dorn and Erika LaVonn will star in the Cleveland Play House production of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun.

Frequent August Wilson collaborator Lou Bellamy will stage the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic that begins performances Nov. 4 and continues through Nov. 30 at the Drury Theatre. A Raisin in the Sun will officially open Nov. 12.

A co-production with Arizona Theatre Company and Penumbra in St. Paul, A Raisin in the Sun will eventually play the new Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, in arrangement with Penumbra.

The cast includes David Alan Anderson (Walter Lee), Franchelle Stewart Dorn (Lena), Erika LaVonn (Ruth Younger), Damron Russel Armstrong (Bobo), Scott Campbell (Moving Man), Aric Generette Floyd (Travis), Kyle Haden (George Murchison), Bakesta King (Beneatha), Adeoye Mabogunje (Jospeh Asagai), Marvin Mallory (Mover) and Patrick O'Brien (Karl Lindner).

Press notes for Raisin in the Sun read: "When Lena Younger, the family matriarch, receives a life insurance settlement of $10,000 after the death of her husband, she and her family must decide how to use her windfall. Lena’s son Walter Lee dreams of owning a liquor store as a means of providing financial stability for the family. Lena, however, wants to move the family out of the Chicago South Side ghetto where they have long resided and she uses the money to buy a house in an all-white neighborhood. When their future neighbors resist the Youngers’ move, Walter Lee for the first time begins to value what money can’t buy, and in the process he achieves a new level of self respect and pride."

Designing the Cleveland production are Vicki Smith (scenic design), Mathew J. LeFebvre (costume design), Michelle Habeck (lighting design) and James C. Swonger (sound design). Tickets are available by phoning (216) 795-7000 or by visiting ClevelandPlayhouse.

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Founded in 1915, the Cleveland Play House has presented the world premieres of Randal Myler's It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues, Michele Lowe's The Smell of the Kill, Eric Coble's Bright Ideas and Seth Greenland's Jerusalem.