Penumbra's A Raisin in the Sun to Play the Guthrie

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Penumbra Theatre's staging of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun — a co-production with Arizona Theatre Company and The Cleveland Play House — will play Minnesota's Guthrie in March.
Franchelle Stewart Dorn in Penumbra Theatre
Franchelle Stewart Dorn in Penumbra Theatre Photo by Peter Jennings

Directed by Lou Bellamy, the acclaimed production will begin previews at the famed regional theatre March 12 with an official opening March 13. Performances will continue through April 11 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage.

The cast features Franchelle Stewart Dorn as Lena Younger and David Alan Anderson as Walter Lee Younger with Steven Nicholas Jackson (Travis), Kyle Haden (George Murchison), Bakesta King (Beneatha), Erika LaVonn (Ruth), Adeoye Mabogunje (Joseph Asagai), Patrick O'Brien (Karl Linder) and Damron Russell Armstrong (Bobo).

In A Raisin in the Sun, press notes state, "a recent widow, Lena Younger (Franchelle Stewart Dorn) wants to use her husband's insurance money to buy a home for her family, freeing them from the cramped tenement in which she, her two children, daughter-in-law and grandson live. Her son, Walter Lee (David Alan Anderson), is determined to invest the money in a business - an opportunity for him to be his own man and not just the driver for his white boss. Lena refuses; in her eyes a house is a sturdy thing to build a dream on, one that can relieve the strains that poverty has put on the family. But when a white representative of the neighborhood 'welcoming committee' presents the Youngers with an offer to buy them out of their home to prevent integration in their community, the dream of the house quickly becomes a nightmare."

The artistic team also includes Vicki M. Smith (scenic designer), Mathew J. LeFebvre (costume designer), Michelle Habeck (lighting designer), James C. Swonger (sound designer), Dominic Taylor (assistant director), John Kingsbury (stage manager), Justin Hossle (assistant stage manager) and Tiffany K. Orr (assistant stage manager).

The Guthrie Theater is located at 818 South 2nd Street in Minneapolis, MN. For tickets visit

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