The 60-minute documentary special follows the process of mounting The Raisin Cycle, from the first rehearsal through the openings of Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park and Kwame Kwei-Armah's Beneatha's Place, which were performed in rotating repertory at the Baltimore venue April-June 2013. Click here to read Playbill's previous coverage of The Raisin Cycle.
"A Raisin in the Sun Revisited" features scenes from Centerstage's productions of Clybourne Park and Beneatha's Place as well as excerpts from film and television productions of A Raisin in the Sun. The documentary also includes interviews with the creative team of The Raisin Cycle, backstage b-roll, commentary on the impact of Lorraine Hansberry's work, newsreel footage and audience discussions.
"How thrilling it is to partner with PBS on this project," Kwei-Armah said in a statement. "When I first came to Centerstage, one of my goals was to expand the role of this theatre in civic discussions, not just locally but nationally. 'A Raisin in the Sun Revisited' is the perfect opportunity to both explore the social impact of great art and to contribute to the ongoing dialogue around race and class in our nation."
"A Raisin in the Sun Revisited: The Raisin Cycle at Centerstage" is part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival, a "multi-platform event anchored by seven films that highlight artists and performances from around the country, and related online content that together invite every American into the worlds of music, theatre, opera and cultural history," according to press notes.
The program is presented in association with Maryland Public Television and independent public television filmmakers John Paulson and James Arntz.