of South Carolina

A Raisin in the Sun

by Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by Jocelyn Sanders

Click to enlarge

Show Dates: April 27 - May 6
Show Times: April 27, 28, May 3, 4, 5 at 8 pm; Sunday matinees, April 29 & May 6 at 3 pm
Prices: Adults $20, Seniors 60+ and Military $17, and Students $15 BUY NOW
Box Office Hours: Noon to 5:30 pm Mon-Fri

Tickets will be available beginning Wednesday, April 18 for members, and April 20 for the public
All shows will be at Columbia College's Cottingham Theatre 1301 Columbia College Drive, Columbia, SC 29203

Workshop Theatre will present Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking play, A Raisin in the Sun, April 27-May 6, at Cottingham Theatre on the campus of Columbia College.

Premiering in 1959, A Raisin in the Sun was the first play written by an African American woman produced on Broadway and a winner of the New York Critics' Play of the Year award. It was later made into a feature film starring Sidney Poitier, who recreated his stage performance in the leading role.

Click to enlarge Set on Chicago's South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis and matriarch Lena. When her deceased hus- band's insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans, however: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. Sacrifice, trust and love among the Younger family and their heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.

The play portrays the intense hostility faced by a black family when they attempt to move into an exclusive white neighborhood. It takes its title from the 1951 Langston Hughes poem, Harlem, which asks: "What happens to a dream de- ferred? / Does it dry up / like a raisin in the sun? / Or does it explode?" As writer James Baldwin famously noted, the play "put more of the truth of black people's lives on the stage than any other play in the entire history of theatre."

A Raisin in the Sun is directed by Jocelyn Sanders and will feature Kashaad Kraus, Lonetta Thompson, Loretta Brown, Sheena Faust, Kendrick Lyles, Carlton Boyd, David Reed, Bobby Guider, and Preston Rose. Preston will be making his first main stage debut with A Raisin in the Sun.

A Raisin in the Sun runs April 27- 28, May 3-5 at 8pm; and Sunday matinees on April 29 and May 6 at 3pm, at Cottingham Theatre at Columbia College. Call the Box Office at 803-799-6551 or visit workshoptheatre.com to reserve your general admission tickets.

All seven performances are at Columbia College's Cottingham Theatre 1301 Columbia College Drive, Columbia, SC 29203

Find us on facebook Follow us on twitter Read our newsletter


A Raisin in the Sun
show times

Fri, April 27 - 8 pm
Sat, April 28 - 8 pm
Sun, April 29 - 3 pm matinee
Thu, May 3 - 8 pm
Fri, May 4 - 8 pm
Sat, May 5 - 8 pm
Sun, May 6 - 3 pm matinee

Season Shows

Non-season Shows