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GSC Theatre’s ‘Raisin in the Sun’ starts today

The Gordon State College Theatre production of ‘A Raisin in the Sun,’ by Lorraine Hansberry opens Wednesday and continues through March 31. The actors take the stage of the Gordon State College Theatre each night at 7:30 with a matinee Sunday, March 31 at 2 p.m. To accompany the play actors are presenting ‘Clybourne Park’ by Bruce Norris on Saturday, March 30 at 1 p.m. According to Lisa Ferguson, GSC Assistant Professor of Theatre, Clybourne is a staged reading on ‘The Raisin in the Sun’ set. ’This reading offers some wonderful student and faculty performances. There will be limited props and limited movement because it is not a full production,’ Ferguson said. ‘Clybourne is a public performance, anyone can attend and time permitting we will have a short “talk back” after the reading.’ Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, ‘Clybourne Park’ is a razor-sharp satire about the politics of race. In response to Lorraine Hansberry’s ‘A Raisin in the Sun.’ playwright Bruce Norris set up ‘Clybourne Park’ as a pair of scenes that bookend Hansberry’s piece. These two scenes, 50 years apart, are both set in the same modest bungalow on Chicago’s northwest side that features at the center of ‘A Raisin in the Sun,’ according to Cast members include: CLYBOURNE PARK Act One RUSS, Larry Stoermer, Zebulon; BEV, Nicole Vanderbush, Senoia; FRANCINE, Cameryhn Dorsett-Flemister, Milner; JIM, Nathan Rogers, Thomaston; ALBERT, Brian Lewis, Fairburn; KARL, Timothy Morris, Williamson; BETSY, Rachel Williams, Cartersville. Act Two TOM, Hampton Calhoun, Williamson; LINDSEY, Lilly Camp, Locust Grove; KATHY, Nicole Vanderbush, Senoia; STEVE, Jacob Rivera, Zebulon; LENA, Samantha Jackson, Brooklyn, N.Y.; KEVIN, Brian Lewis, Fairburn; DAN, Larry Stoermer, Zebulon; KENNETH, Nathan Rogers, Thomaston. ’A RAISIN IN THE SUN’ cast TRAVIS YOUNGER, Jahi Williams , Henry County; BOBO, Alvin Stephens, Lagrange; JOSEF ASAGAI, Raphael Cotton, Riverdale; GEORGE MURCHISON, Brian Lewis, Fairburn; BENEATHA YOUNGER, Alexandria Rodgers, Atlanta and Samantha Jackson Brooklyn, N.Y.; RUTH YOUNGER, Lala Sneed, Fayetteville; MAMA LENA YOUNGER, Adana Smalls, Douglasville; WALTER LEE YOUNGER , LaTrez Anderson, Milledgeville; KARL LINDNER, Jacob Rivera, Zebulon; MRS. Johnson, Ericka Manhan, Dacula; MOVERS, JaQuan Thomas, Woodland and Hampton Calhoun, Williamson. Understudies for ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ Aminah Broadway, Atlanta; Larry Stoermer, Zebulon. Backstage Zara Bryant, Stage Manager, Cartersville Design Tony Pearson, Light, Set, Sound Danielle Willis, Stage Manager, Assistant Director for RAISIN, Co-director for CLYBOURNE, Douglasville. Amanda Edgerton, Costume Design Hampton Calhoun  Props Design Admission to ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ is $10 for adults, $5 for youth, and $7 for seniors. Admission to Clybourne is free but a donation of $5 is appreciated.

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