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Full Casting Announced for Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun

Dawn Ursula leads the cast in the role of Ruth Younger at Arena Stage.

Dawn Ursula will lead the cast of Arena Stage's A Raisin in the Sun as Ruth Younger.
Dawn Ursula will lead the cast of Arena Stage's A Raisin in the Sun as Ruth Younger.
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The full company has been announced for Arena Stage's upcoming production of A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Tazewell Thompson. Presented in the Fichandler Stage, Lorraine Hansberry's American classic will begin performances on March 31 and play through May 7.

Leading the cast are Will Cobbs (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) as Walter Lee Younger and Dawn Ursula (Arena Stage's Love in Afghanistan) as Ruth Younger. They are joined by Joy Jones (Arena Stage's Mary T. & Lizzy K.) as Beneatha Younger, Lizan Mitchell (Broadway's So Long on Lonely Street) as Lena Younger, and 11-year-old Jeremiah Hasty as Travis Younger.

The primarily local cast includes Mack Leamon as Bobo, Thomas Adrian Simpson as Karl Lindner, Keith L. Royal Smith as George Murchison and Bueka Uwemedimo as Joseph Asagai. Rounding out the cast are Emmanuel Epongo Jr. (understudy for Travis Younger), Brit Herring (Karl Lindner, beginning May 2), and Valeka J. Holt (understudy for Ruth Younger, assuming the role May 2).

Hansberry's play follows the members of the Younger family, who yearn for a better life far from the cramped confines of their Chicago tenement. Hope arrives in the form of an unexpected financial windfall, but family ties are strained when they realize they have differing definitions of the American dream, which dreams get realized, and which deferred?

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