School of the Arts

Walter Allen Bennett Jr. directs A Raisin in the Sun

Walter Allen Bennett Jr. Walter Allen Bennett Jr.

The IU South Bend Theatre and Dance Company opens their 2011-12 season with A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry.  Performances will take place at 8 pm on October 13, 14 & 15 and 2 pm on October 15 & 16 in the Campus Auditorium at Northside Hall on the IU South Bend campus. 

A Raisin in the Sun debuted on Broadway in 1959 and was the first American play to be written by an African American woman and directed by an African American man, produced on Broadway. Lorraine Hansberry was 29 when she wrote the work and became the youngest American playwright and only the 5th woman to receive the New York Drama Critics Award for Best Play.  Lloyd Richards, the director, later became the dean of the Yale School of Drama. 

The production is being directed by visiting artist Walter Allen Bennett Jr.  Mr. Bennett’s credits include writing for the long running Emmy Award winning The Cosby Show.  Later he produced the hit comedy In the House with LL Cool J and Debbie Allen, and served as executive producer of The Steve Harvey Show.   He has written pilots for CBS, FOX and Nickelodeon Network.  He holds a MFA in playwriting from Yale School of Drama and a MFA in acting from UCLA.  While at Yale, he studied with and was mentored by Lloyd Richards.

This production of A Raisin in the Sun features a cast of 11; all but two are IU South Bend students.  Inseung Park is scenic designer, Sas Hanson is costume designer and Tim Hanson is lighting designer for the production.  Students will fill out the crew for the show including supporting work in the costume and scene shop.  Running time for each performance is approximately three hours.

Tickets for A Raisin in the Sun are available for $5-$9 to adults and senior citizens.  Students and children receive a free ticket with a valid student I.D.  Tickets may be purchased online at >> box office or by calling 574-520-4203.

A Raisin in the Sun
8 pm October 13-15
2 pm October 15-16
Campus Auditorium, Northside Hall
1825 Northside Boulevard, South Bend
Tickets $5-$9 | free to students/children >> box office | 574.520.4203