April 21, 2021 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

The Reprise of A Raisin in the Sun Worth its Salt:

Currently playing at the intimate Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica is the award-winning “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry. With a stellar cast and great production team, Raisin at Ruskin is definitely worth your time this season.

Perched feet away from the living room/kitchen of the Younger family in 1950s Washington Park, Chicago, you take the place of a fly-on-the-wall as the African-American family deals with issues of the time after receiving a $10,000 inheritance check.

Angelle Brooks as Ruth Younger, daughter-in-law to matriarch Lena “Mama” Younger, played by the outstanding Starletta DuPois, effortlessly draws you into her world and her struggle to find herself in the dichotomy of her role of mother/wife/worker, and woman.

Redaric Williams’ commanding performance as Walter Lee Younger has you on the edge of your seat as you take the agonizing twists, turns and consequences of an ambitious African-American man striving to break the stereotypes of his generation, at all costs.

The production mirrors many issues of today’s world, best exemplified in the role of Beneatha Younger, played hilariously-at-times by the talented Charlotte Williams, the young medical student who decides to find her “roots” much to the surprise of all around her.

“A Raisin in the Sun” was written by Lorraine Hansberry, winning the Best Play Award from the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, as it made history when it opened in 1959.

“Lorraine Hansberry has given the world a priceless jewel in the writing of this timeless play,” said today’s director Lita Gaithers Owens. “From the moment it premiered it offered insight on the plight of African Americans in urban cities, and it continues to speak to the racial issues that are facing our country today.”

“The American Dream, for some in this nation, comes after enormous perseverance and tenacity. But for many, it simply doesn’t come at all. So, what can be discovered by taking a look from the view of those who get weary while waiting on the manifestation of their dream? Perhaps, by experiencing this play, it takes us on a journey of personal discovery and enlightenment which leads us to a path of a clearer understanding of the importance of social justice and equality through the power of love for one another,” Owens said.

“A Raisin in the Sun” will have you absorbing such love, laughing out-loud, holding your breath, and crying at times during the three-hour production. Scene changes are quick and masterful, and the ease of all involved make the evening a thoroughly-enjoyable experience. Tickets are $20-$25, and the show runs Fridays through Sundays until September 17. For more information head to: ruskingrouptheatre.com.

in News
Related Posts

World’s Only Solar-Powered Ferris Wheel Goes ‘Green’ For Earth Day at Santa Monica Pier

April 20, 2021

April 20, 2021

Earth Day light show Thursday night By Chad Winthrop A Earth Day-themed light show is coming to the Santa Monica...

Samohi Vikings Frosh-Soph Defeat Culver City Centaurs in Final Seconds

April 20, 2021

April 20, 2021

2020 was a tough year for Santa Monica High School football as Covid-19 restrictions forced all high school sports to...

SaMo Pride Announces Return of Art Walk

April 20, 2021

April 20, 2021

Annual event returns June 1-30 throughout downtown area By Timothy Michael In honor of Pride Month, SaMo Pride has announced...

Edify TV: Biking Increasing in Los Angeles

April 19, 2021

April 19, 2021

Once considered among the worst places for cyclists, data shows that biking has increased substantially in Los Angeles. Learn more...

Santa Monica Police Bolster Patrols as Jury Deliberation Begins in Derek Chauvin Trial

April 19, 2021

April 19, 2021

Santa Monica police say “no specific intelligence of any unrest”  By Sam Catanzaro  Santa Monica police are increasing deployment of...

Robot Powered Food Delivery Program Expanding: Santa Monica Beat – April, 19, 2021

April 19, 2021

April 19, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Robot Powered Food Delivery Program Expanding * Two Men Arrested For...

County Holds Hearing on Effort to Split Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District

April 19, 2021

April 19, 2021

Los Angeles County Office of Education makes no decision, will return in June  By Sam Catanzaro A long-awaited public hearing...

Edify TV: Venice Handball Courts Encampment Cleared

April 18, 2021

April 18, 2021

Sanitation crews Thursday cleared a homeless encampment at the Venice Beach handball courts. Learn more in this video made possible...

Edify TV: $2 Billion Beverly Hills Development Proposed Near Westside

April 16, 2021

April 16, 2021

A developer wants to build a $2 billion condo and retail development flanking the Beverly Hilton hotel. Learn more in...

State Funds Two Additional Sustainable Housing Proposals in Santa Monica

April 16, 2021

April 16, 2021

Proposals are designed to help with affordability and sustainability  By Toi Creel California is paving the way for environmentally-friendly housing...

Santa Monica City Council Rejects Proposed Ban of Certain Items at Protests

April 15, 2021

April 15, 2021

Lawmakers vote down item 4-3 at meeting this week  By Sam Catanzaro  Santa Monica lawmakers rejected a motion this week...

Edify TV: LAFD Announces Likely Cause of Ballona Wetlands Fire

April 15, 2021

April 15, 2021

The LAFD has revealed the cause of a March fire that destroyed five acres of the Ballona Wetlands. Learn more...

Shake Shack Set to Open in Santa Monica

April 15, 2021

April 15, 2021

NYC-based burger chain to open at Wilshire and 5th this weekend By Kerry Slater East Coast burger joint Shake Shack...

Restaurant Spotlight: Piccolo Bringing Fine Italian Dining to Santa Monica and Venice

April 15, 2021

April 15, 2021

Latest restaurant from Chef Antonio Mure with two locations on Westside  By Timothy Michael An esteemed chef with deep ties...