Phylicia Rashad, Tony Winner for Raisin in the Sun, Will Direct the Drama in L.A.

News   Phylicia Rashad, Tony Winner for Raisin in the Sun, Will Direct the Drama in L.A.
 
Actress-director Phylicia Rashad, who won a Best Actress Tony Award for her work in the 2004 Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun, will make her Los Angeles directorial debut by staging the 1959 Lorraine Hansberry classic for Ebony Repertory Theatre.

Phylicia Rashad
Phylicia Rashad Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Performances at The Nate Holden Performing Arts Center will play March 23-April 17. Opening is March 25.

The cast includes Kenya Alexander, Brandon Brown, L. Scott Caldwell, Kevin Carroll, Jason Dirden, Deidrie Henry, Amad Jackson, Scott Mosenson and Ellis Williams.

Wren T. Brown, Ebony Repertory Theatre founder and producer, said in a statement, "Our late co-founder and artistic director, the brilliant Israel Hicks, would be exceedingly proud of our choice of director for this production. Israel often spoke of his immense respect for Ms. Rashad's abundant artistry and her uncommon grace. Needless to say, we are tremendously excited about the opportunity to work with this great lady of the theatre."

Rashad (TV's "Cosby") appeared on Broadway in August: Osage County, Gem of the Ocean, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Raisin in the Sun (2004 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play, Drama Desk Award), Jelly's Last Jam, Into the Woods, Dreamgirls, The Wiz and Ain't Supposed To Die a Natural Death. She made her directorial debut with August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean at Seattle Repertory Company.

Set in 1950s Chicago, A Raisin in the Sun portrays an African-American family's pursuit of their shared dream for a better life amid conflicting aspirations, betrayal, and racism.

Nate Holden Performing Arts Center is at 4718 W. Washington Blvd. in Los Angeles.

For more information call, (323) 964-9766 or visit www.ebonyrep.org.

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