Almasi Collaborative Arts presented a staged reading of award-winning African-American playwright Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in The Sun” on Thursday 28 February 2013 at the U.S. Embassy’s Black History Month celebrations which were held at the Ambassador’s residence in Harare. The reading was attended by over 100 people including high school students and their school representatives who were present to attend a prize giving ceremony for the Black history month Essay Contest. The 5 students who won prizes for the essay contest had written essays based on Langston Hughes’ famous poem “Harlem (or A dream deferred).” The poem is also the basis of “A Raisin in the Sun”. The reading of the play was the first time the students and most of the audience members were introduced to “A Raisin in the Sun” and came to know about the African-American playwright Lorraine Hansberry.
Director | Patience G Tawengwa
Co-Director/Dramaturg | Julie Wharton
Almasi collaborative Arts in partnership with the US embassy public affairs presented a staged reading of A Raisin in the Sun for all the students at Gateway High School on March 27, 2013.
LORRAINE HANSBERRY'S “A RAISIN IN THE SUN”
Arguably one of the greatest American plays ever written. This pulitzer prize winning play is set in 1950s America in the aftermath of World War II, it tells the story of the plight of an African American family – The Youngers. The play begins with a short poem by Langston Hughes titled, “A Dream Deferred” which is a meditation on the frustration experienced by African Americans living as second-class citizens in the 1950s, The Youngers are a family struggling in the slums when they suddenly come into some insurance money, each person sees the money as a path to his or her dreams, but deciding how to spend the money threatens to rip the family apart.
The audience responded very well to the story about the Younger family in 1950s Chicago, with most expressing their enjoyment of this play after the presentation. After the performance many people were keen to know how they could access this play to read it. Subsequently Almasi Collaborative Arts has been requested to present this staged reading of A Raisin In the Sun at a local High School for the entire school of over 500 students. This is an exciting response for us as our goal is to create a culture of staged readings where dramatic literacy is a common part of development and understanding of dramatic works, both old and new in Zimbabwe. Taking the reading of “A Raisn In the Sun” to such a large audience of young Zimbabweans who will hear this play for the first time, is definitely an exciting prospect and it meets our goal of creating an awareness of great dramatic works in Zimbabwe.
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