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A Raisin in the Sun

by Lorraine Hansberry

directed by Kim Rubinstein

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Show dates:   February 9, 10, 15, 16 & 17 @ 7:30pm, February 10 @ 2pm

Mandell Weiss Theatre

About the Play

A classic of the American stage, A Raisin in the Sun follows Walter Younger and his family in Chicago, each feeling confined by their physical home space and the social roles they’ve been assigned. When an insurance payout after the death of the family’s patriarch offers an opportunity to improve their lives, individual priorities and how they affect others come into question.
About the Playwright
Lorraine Hansberry was an African-American playwright and writer. She was the first black woman to write a play performed on Broadway. Hansberry's family had struggled against segregation, challenging a restrictive covenant and eventually provoking the Supreme Court case Hansberry v. Lee. At the age of 29, she won the New York's Drama Critic's Circle Award — making her the first black dramatist, the fifth woman, and the youngest playwright to do so. She died of cancer at the age of 34. Learn more at Wikipedia.org
About the Director

Kim Rubinstein was most recently Long Wharf Theatre's Associate Artistic Director where she directed Guys and Dolls, Midsummer Night's Dream, Private Lives, Santaland Diaries, and The Cocktail Hour. This past summer she directed Much Ado About Nothing for Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Other regional credits include The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Portland Center Stage and San Jose Rep), Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Julius Caesar (Chicago Shakespeare), Love's Labour's Lost (Next Theatre), The Tempest (Southwest Rep), The American Plan and Eloise and Ray (Roadwoarks), Pan and Boone (Running with Scissors), Baby With The Bathwater (Roundhouse Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival), Beckett Shorts (Berkshire Theatre Festival, Splinter Group's Buckets O'Beckett Festival. She was Associate Director with Michael Mayer and Tour Director of the National Tour of Angels In America.

Her other teaching credits include ten years on the acting/directing faculty at Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Brown/Trinity Consortium, Wesleyan University, NTI at The O'Neill Center and a ongoing teaching gig with the School at Steppenwolf. Kim has been very active in the development of new plays and has directed many readings and workshops at places like New Dramatists and Long Wharf.

Ms. Rubinstein is a recipient of the TCG/NEA directing fellowship and was nominated for the Alan Schneider Directing Award, among other awards for her directing and teaching. Upcoming projects: SANTALAND DIARIES at the Long Wharf, THE AMERICAN PLAN at The Old Globe.

Director's Statement

Director's Statement coming soon

The Cast

Walter Lee Younger – Michael Rishawn
Beneatha Younger – Amara Granderson
Lena Younger – Kimberly Monks
Ruth Younger –  Janet Fiki
Joseph Asagai – Xavier Clark
George Murchison / Bobo – Sidney Hill
Mr. Karl Lindner – Andrew Gallop
Travis Younger – Max Mitchell

The Creative Team

Director – Kim Rubinstein 
Scenic & Projections Designer – Anna Lineham Robinson
Costume Designer – Evan Kwong
Lighting Designer – Joel Britt
Sound Designer – Stephen Jensen
Voice and Dialect Coach – Eva Barnes
Fight Choreographer – James Newcomb
Assistant Director – Joseph Hendel
Assistant Director – Jeffery Sims
Assistant Director – Clarice Sobon
Assistant Scenic Designer – Samuel Keamy-Minor
Assistant Scenic Designer – Michael Wogulis
Assistant Costume Designer – Jared Suasin
Assistant Light Designer – Justin Beets
Assistant Sound Designer – James Forest Reid
Production Stage Manager – Bryan Runion
Assistant Stage Manager – Amber Dettmers
Assistant Stage Manager – Mona Gutierrez
Music Coordinator – Joseph Hendel
Audio Engineer – Jeffrey Sims
Production Assistant – Alex Luong

Performances Parking & Location

Located at: Mandell Weiss Theatre

Parking Passes Required: Monday through Friday. Weeknight passes are $2 per vehicle from the vending machines located in the UC San Diego Theatre District/La Jolla Playhouse parking lots and entry display case. Please remember your parking space number. You will need it to purchase your parking pass.

Note: Machines take all major credit cards except Discover and when paying with cash you must use exact change, NO CHANGE GIVEN.

Parking Passes Not Required: Saturdays and Sundays


Cars without permits are subject to ticketing by UCSD Campus Police. The Theatre & Dance Department does not have the authority to waive and cannot pay parking tickets.






Feb. 9

Feb. 10

Feb. 10

Feb. 15

Feb. 16

Feb. 17
7:30 pm     OPENING

2:00 pm  

7:30 pm  

7:30 pm

7:30 pm  

7:30 pm     CLOSING

Advance tickets for this production are available Tuesday-Friday, noon to 6 pm by calling the Box Office at 858.534.4574 or in person at the Theatre District’s Central Box Office at the Sheila & Hughes Potiker Theatre.

At-the-Door tickets, if available, can be purchased one hour before show time at the performing theatre’s box office at Mandell Weiss Theatre.

General Admission: $20
UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni Association, and Seniors (over 62): $15
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $10

Please note: No late seating; no refunds.

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