NODA Arts will present Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin In the Sun” on April 6 and 7 at 8 p.m. at CAST (Carolina Actors Studio Theater), 2424 N. Davidson St. Suite 113 (near Amelie’s). Tickets are $15.
A Raisin in the Sun portrays a few weeks in the life of the Youngers, a Black family living in Chicago’s Southside sometime between World War II and the 1950s. The family is faced with high tensions and deep struggle when a substantial insurance payment could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for a poor black family.
High school students from NoDa School of the Arts will present the play.
On Q Productions Education Series, African American Theater 101 starts April 1st
On Q’s education series focuses on essential plays to the repertoire of Black Theater. In each workshop, there will be a stage reading of an African American theater piece and afterward a class discussion of literary devices, historical context and cultural themes & issues within the play. The readings will be presented by local actors and the class discussions will be facilitated by area professors Dr. Corlis Hayes (CPCC), Dr. Malin Pereira (UNCC) and Dr. Mack Staton (JCSU).
April 1st, Fences by August Wilson – Fences is a 1983 play by American playwright August Wilson. Set in the 1950s, it is the sixth in Wilson’s ten-part Pittsburgh Cycle. Like all of the Pittsburgh plays, Fences explores the evolving African American experience and examines race relations, among other themes. The play won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 1987 Tony Award for best Play and recently revived on Broadway with award winning actors Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.
April 16th, The Children of Children Keep Coming by Russ Goings- The Children of Children Keep Coming is an awe-inspiring contribution to literature. A breathtaking form of poetic expression, this unique work presents a riveting chronicle of the African American experience in the United States. The Children of Children Keep Coming is strung seamlessly together — by poetry and prose, blues and gospel, hymns and jazz, work songs and prayers — forcing the universal harmony of the cry for freedom and justice to reach an unforgettable pitch that cannot be ignored. Catch the beginning stages of this work from reading to an original stage production, slated for On Q in the near future. *Note, author Russell Goings will be in attendance for this special reading.
April 29th, F*cking A by Suzan Lori-Parks- F*cking A is inspired by the novel The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1850. F*cking A shares several similarities with this work; both of the main characters are named Hester and are strong females with an unwavering love for their illegitimate child. Both Hester’s also bear the letter “A” as a symbol of how society defines them: the modern Hester is an abortionist; the original is branded for adultery. This work by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan Lori Parks is the sister play to In the Blood, produced by On Q in Season 1.
African American Theater 101, JCSU Art Factory, 1545 W. Trade St. FREE, suggested donation $10. Limited Seating, Please RSVP @ www.YouAreNowOnQ.com or by calling 704-492-6229.
Classes – April 1st & 29th @ 3pm, April 16th @ Noon