A Counter Production: "A Raisin in the Sun"
By: Jeannette de Beauvoir, January 16, 2012
COUNTER PRODUCTIONS - The cast of A Raisin in the Sun (not necessarily pictured or in order): Sally Tighe, Darlene Van Alstyne, Alexandra Foucard, Keith Anton, John Keller, Jimmy Little, Equiano Mosiero
It’s on the required-reading list of many high school students in the US, but few of us who read Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 Tony-nominated play A Raisin in The Sun realized what a subtly passionate piece it could be.
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A Raisin in The Sun
January 19 through 22
January 27 through 29
All shows are at 7 PM; January 22nd is a 2 PM matinee performance to which 5-6th grade students and their parents are invited to attend for $5.
The Cape is about to find out with the Counter Productions interpretation at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater later this month.
For producer and director Susan Grilli, the subtleties of inequality addressed in the play are just as relevant in modern times as in 1959.
As she thought about it, “it was more and more evident to me that this family, their fight to dream and their fight to accomplish those dreams and their varying statements on personal integrity are factors of living we all face today,” says Grilli.
The play portrays a few weeks in the life of the Youngers, an African-American family living in Chicago's Southside sometime between World War II and the 1950s—but as Grilli points out, the play’s message holds true today.
“For me, this story was a way for Counter [Productions] to make a relevant statement on the conditions of inequality – but not with a sledgehammer approach. Rather it’s a statement that says to an audience member, you aren’t alone – you have never been alone and this is not an insurmountable circumstance. I felt I had find a way to keep working and make the work fulfilling, to be involved in this movement of change, somehow.”
Equiano Mosiero, who plays Walter Lee, comments on the subtlety and the passion in the piece: “Put two people in a room together, and eventually you’ll get some sort of drama!” he says.
The cast has come from as far away as England and Haiti—and from as close as Commercial Street.
“I wouldn’t say there’s any one person I feel stands out in particular,” says Grilli when asked about the cast. “They’re working together as a family, both in the context of the work, and as coworkers … honestly, they’re all so strong – in every way.”