Weston Features Raisin in the Sun as Season Finale

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A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry's prize-winning modern classic that featured Sidney Poitier in its Broadway debut 50 years ago, will wrap up The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company's 2009 summer MainStage season with performances from August 27 through September 6, followed by school performances and a New England Tour.

The first Broadway play to be written by a black woman, Raisin has been called "one of a handful of great American plays" (Washington Post)).

A fiercely moving portrayal of an African American family on Chicago's south side struggling to realize the dream of a better life, A Raisin in the Sun features themes that are as relevant and universal today as they were in 1959.

Hansberry, then unknown, won the Drama Circle Critic's Award in spite of competition from Tennessee Williams, Eugene O'Neill and Archibald MacLeish. Based upon the 1951 poem Harlem from Montage of a Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes, the play was translated into over 30 languages.

Director Ewen will speak about the show's history and the Weston production a half hour before curtain on August 27, 28 and 29 (matinee only) in the Playhouse living room.

Members of the cast and crew will take part in a brief talkback with the audience following the Sunday evening performances on August 30 and on September 6.

Reservations for A Raisin in the Sun, the popular after-show Act IV Cabaret revue, and dinner at the Playhouse's Cafe at the Falls restaurant may be made at the Playhouse box office window, by calling 824-5288, or by visiting www.westonplayhouse.org. MasterCard, Visa and American Express are accepted. Ask about Vermont resident, youth and student discounts.

The Weston Playhouse Box Office is open Tues. - Sun., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (until intermission on performance nights). Visit the box office, call 824-5288 during the same hours or buy your tickets and find more information online 24/7 at www.westonplayhouse.org. Master Card, VISA and American Express accepted.

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