WWU to Host Screening and Discussion of ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ May 30

Western's Department of Theatre and Dance will host a screening and discussion of the 1963 film adaption of “A Raisin in the Sun” from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30 in the Old Main Theatre; the event is free and open to the public.

Western’s Dean of Students Ted Pratt will lead the discussion about the film, which was adapted from Lorraine Hansberry’s award-winning 1959 play of the same name.

The Theatre and Dance Department is hosting the screening to introduce audiences to the world of “Clybourne Park,” which is being performed May 31-June 4 at the Performing Arts Center. Written by Bruce Norris, the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning play is both a sequel and a prequel to "A Raisin in the Sun" – portraying the story just before, then 50 years after the action of Hansberry’s play.

The stories surround the struggles of a black family to achieve the “American dream” of home ownership, education, and financial independence despite segregated housing and institutionalized racism.

Pratt brings unique perspective to the event, having portrayed the role of “Walter” in a stage production of A Raisin in the Sun.

More information about Clybourne Park and the screening are available on cfpa.wwu.edu/theatredance, including information about visiting campus and parking. Disability accommodations are available by contacting deb.currier@wwu.edu.

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