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2/5/2018 Member News

American Stage extends A RAISIN IN THE SUN with added week due to overwhelming demand

New Announcement:
American Stage adds extra performance week to A RAISIN IN THE SUN due to popular demand.
Now thru February 25. #asRAISIN

Wednesday, February 21 at 7 PM
Thursday, February 22 at 8 PM
Friday, February 23 at 8 PM
Saturday, February 24 at 3 PM
Saturday, February 24 at 8 PM
Sunday, February 25 at 3 PM


American Stage also announces a new guest speaker for their next Community Conversations.
Sunday, February 11| 6PM
Guest Speakers: Kanika Tomalin (Deputy Mayor of St. Petersburg) and Ms. Ronnell Montgomery (Vice-Chair, Diversity & Inclusion St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors, Community Outreach at The James B. Sanderlin Family Center)
NEW: Kenny Irby, Community Intervention Director at St. Petersburg Police Department, Pastor at African Methodist Episcopal Church

Great theatre inspires contemplation and challenges our assumptions while inviting us to come together for conversation and a deeper connection. From social and political hot-button issues to ethical dilemmas, American Stage's COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS dig deeper into the intriguing and sometimes provocative topics explored by our mainstage productions. Join a panel of local experts as they guide us through a lively discussion, and answer questions about the relevancy of the subject matter explored in the play.
Pricing: FREE for this Community Conversations event. Performances for A RAISIN IN THE SUN are separate and have a ticket price.


St. Petersburg, FL – As American Stage continues to celebrate 40 years strong with their “WE THE PEOPLE” season, American Stage is exited to extend A RAISIN IN THE SUN with an added week of performances. In addition, they announce a new guest speaker for their next Community Conversations.

Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking family drama is the first play in our American Legacy series. Dedicated to modern classics that lend historical perspective to stories from our past, this series seeks to draw a connection between our culture’s history and the events of today.

In pursuit of the American Dream, the dynamic Younger family wrestles with the push to assimilate into a white Chicago neighborhood, and the pull of their cultural roots. These opposing forces both unite and divide the family, as each grapple with the social issues that challenge their identity – and the personal choices that will determine their future. This story of hope and inspiration remains universally relevant more than 60 years after it first hit Broadway.

Lorraine Hansberry was born on May 19, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois. In 1938, Hansberry's family moved to a white neighborhood and was violently attacked by neighbors. They refused to move until a court ordered them to do so, and the case made it to the Supreme Court as Hansberry v. Lee, ruling restrictive covenants illegal. She wrote A RAISIN IN THE SUN based on those events, which opened on Broadway to great success. Hansberry was the first black playwright and the youngest American to win a New York Critics’ Circle award. Throughout her life she was heavily involved in civil rights. She died at 34 of pancreatic cancer.
Enoch King* (Walter Lee Younger)
Sheryl Carbonell* (Ruth Younger)
Fanni Green* (Lena Younger)
Kiara Hines (Beneatha Younger)
Elijah Jordan (Travis Younger )

Jaiden B. Gray
(Travis Younger)
Patrick A. Jackson* (Joseph Asagai)
Troy D. Wallace (George Murchison)
Cranstan Cumberbatch (Bobo)
Dee Selmore (Mrs.Johnson)
Gavin Hawk* (Carl Lindner)

L. Peter Callender (Director)
Catherine Cann (Costume Designer)
Joseph P. Oshry# (Lighting Designer)
Steven Mitchell# (Scenic Designer)
Jerid Fox (Properties Master)
Rachel Harrison* (Production Stage Manager/Sound Designer)
Ellyse Helms (Scenic Artist)
Allison Davis (Scenic Artist)

* = Member of Actors’ Equity Association; # = Member of the United Scenic Artists Union

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LINK to promotional photos: Flickr American Stage
*Photo credit: Joey Clay Photography. Please note that publicity photos are not typically available until 2 weeks prior to opening. Please contact for immediate needs.