"A Raisin in the Sun" Opens Oct. 13 at GPC Newton Campus

10/11/2010
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Does a dream deferred “dry up, like a raisin in the sun?” Langston Hughes’s poem provides the title for the groundbreaking drama, “A Raisin in the Sun,” opening Wednesday, Oct .13 at Georgia Perimeter College, Newton Campus.

Sponsored by the Newton Campus, Humanities, Fine Arts and Foreign Language department, the play runs through Sunday, Oct. 17, with performances in The Studio, Building 1, Room 2100.

The story centers on the struggles, heartbreak and triumphs of a family’s fight to own a piece of the American dream. Written by the late Lorraine Hansberry, the play is inspired by the 1940 U.S. Supreme Court case, Hansberry v. Lee. The book has also become a staple in high school literature courses.

Rosalind Ferrell, GPC administrative assistant to college’s dean of student affairs, portrays the matriarch of the Younger family, Lena Younger. The play is directed by Janet Hollier, GPC associate professor of communication and theatre.

“I knew about the play, and saw the 2008 (television) version with P. Diddy and Phylicia Rashad," says Ferrell. Although it was written more than 50 years ago, its theme is timeless, she says.

“Lorraine Hansberry has long been gone, but a lot of the things she addressed in this play have come to fruition over the years, and remain true. This is a classic story about pursuing a dream, and never giving up. It doesn’t matter what race you are, whether you are married or single or a widow, everyone can get something out of this play. “

Other cast members include GPC Newton Theatre students Alexis Brown, Kimara Herbert, Dejaun Gayle, Taylor Owenby, Babatune Jegede, Eric Roberts, Myrian Ray, with community member Tydarrell Sardinea of Conyers. The role of Travis Youngers is played by Shawn Muse, Jr. a third grade student at Social Circle Elementary School. The technical director is Adam Sechelski, GPC theater instructor. GPC theatre major Jillian Haughey is the stage manager. Laramy Wells, Newton High School math and film instructor is the play’s consultant.

The “spirit of survival” bonds the Younger family together; it’s the glue of American society,” says Hollier. “I feel privileged to serve as a producer for this timeless classic about American life during the mid-fifties, and working with the production cast and crew has been enriching and exciting.”

Performances are 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13 through Saturday, Oct. 16, with a 3 p.m. show Sunday, Oct. 17.

General admission tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, with one free ticket with GPC ID. Doors open 30 minutes before curtain, and seating is limited to 100 persons. For reservations, call 770-278-1435 or e-mail newahac@gpc.edu . Reserved tickets must be picked up 15 minutes before performance, and may be given away if they are not picked up by this time. The campus is located at 239 Cedar Lane, Covington.