February 20-23, 2020
by Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by Jeffrey Page, Guest Artist— profile
Dramaturg: Beth Schachter
Now celebrating the 60th anniversary of its groundbreaking Broadway premiere, Lorraine Hansberry’s explosive drama takes an unflinching look at the hopes and struggles of an urban black family in 1950s Chicago.
The members of the Younger family are at a crossroads. Matriarch Lena wants to use her late husband’s life insurance to move her family out of their cramped South Side apartment. Her son Walter Lee would rather use the money to start a business and become his own man. Her daughter Beneatha plans to go to medical school — but also yearns for a sense of identity, and wishes her family wasn’t so desperate for acceptance. And as their simmering tensions intensify, the powerful forces of 1950s America come knocking at the Youngers’ front door.
Emmy Award nominee Jeffrey Page directs the poignant and enduring story of a family attempting to pursue their dreams and retain their dignity in a harsh and rapidly changing world.
Thursday, Feb. 20: 8 pm
Friday, Feb. 21: 8 pm
Saturday, Feb. 22: 8 pm
Sunday, Feb. 23: 2 pm
Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance