Dallas Theater Center revives Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking A Raisin in the Sun, the first Broadway play by an African-American woman, Jan. 13-Feb. 7, 1999. Official opening is Jan. 19, 1999.
L. Kenneth Richardson's staging will star Irma P. Hall as Mama, and Billy Eugene Jones as her grasping-for-success son, Walter Lee. A snapshot of black yearning and conflict 40 years ago (1959-60 season), the play told of Mama's attempts to use an insurance windfall to take her family out of the city -- and her son's wish to open a liquor store.
The staging -- designed by Donald Eastman (sets), Michael Alan Stein (costumes), John D. Ivey (sound) and Frances Aronson (lighting designer) -- is a co-production with Cleveland's Great Lakes Theatre Festival.
Also in the company are Ron Dortch, Yvette Ganier, Nathan Hinton, Luis A. Laporte Jr., Michael Jamal Sheffey Rawlings, Gary Taggart and April Yvette Thompson.
Tickets are $16-$49. Performance are at Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas. The Humphreys is one of three theatres in the world designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright. Call (214) 522-8499 for ticket information. -- By Kenneth Jones