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A Raisin in the Sun ()

Produced by

Soulpepper Theatre Company and Theatre Calgary

Playwright: Lorraine Hansberry
Director: Weyni Mengesha


The Marilyn and Charles Baillie Theatre


October 15th, 2008 – November 15th, 2008


Raisin in the Sun is a seminal African American play by Lorraine Hansberry that examines, with a big open heart, the plight of a Black family in Chicago’s Southside in the 1950s. The good news is that this play retains all of its original beauty. Sadly the play has not lost its relevance. (


Awaovieyi Agie Joseph Asagai
Barbara Barnes-Hopkins Mrs. Johnson
Michael Blake George Murchison
Matthew Kabwe Bobo
Abena Malika Ruth Younger
Diego Matamoros Karl Lidner
Charles Officer Walter Lee Younger
Kofi Payton Travis Younger
Cara Ricketts Beneatha Younger
Alison Sealy-Smith Lena Younger

Creative Team

Lorraine Hansberry Playwright
Weyni Mengesha Director
Scott Reid Set Designer
Lorenzo Savoini Costume Designer
Kevin Lamotte Lighting Designer
Richard Feren Sound Designer


Crystal Salverda Stage Manager
Andrea Schurman Assistant Stage Manager
Kelly McEvenue Alexander Coach
Marsha Pryce Chaperone
Andrew Craig Music Consultant


Bill Penner Director of Production
Greg Poulin Production Manager
Mike Ledermueller Technical Director
Stephanie Ripley Assistant Technical Director
Mary-Jo Carter Dodd Head of Wardrobe
Jolene Antle Assistant Head of Wardrobe
Elaine Cavin May Wardrobe Assistant
Sarah Reade Wardrobe Assistant
Geoff Hughes Sewer
Phil Atfield Cutter
Krista Nauman Cutter
Kathleen Johnston Dresser
Jacqueline Robertson-Cull Head of Hair and Makeup
Kaz Maxine Millinery
Lisa Nighswander Head of Properties
Greg Chambers Props Builder
Jane Kline Props Builder
Andy DeVries Head Carpenter
Bill Stahl Carpenter
Ryan Wilson Carpenter
Lisa Petrocco Head Scenic Artist
Robert Daniels Scenic Artist
Debbie Wong Scenic Artist
Janet Pym Production Assistant
G. Stuart Baulch House Technician
Jason Browning House Technician
Pascale Thibodeau House Technician