The cast of "A Raisin in the Sun" rehearse recently in preparation for The Drama Group presentation of the classic drama. (Provided photo)
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Drama Group’s ‘Raisin’ tells South Side story, starting Feb. 15

The Drama Group continues its 88th season with Lorraine Hansberry’s searing and timeless drama, “A Raisin in the Sun,” directed by Michael Depriest Reed.

The cast of "A Raisin in the Sun" rehearse recently in preparation for The Drama Group presentation of the classic drama. (Provided photo)
  The cast of “A Raisin in the
  Sun” rehearse recently in
  preparation for The Drama
  Group presentation of the
  classic drama.
(Provided photo)

The play takes place on Chicago’s South Side, where three generations of family search for a better life.

It is the story of a black family’s experiences in the Washington Park subdivision of Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood and their attempt to “rise above” with the life insurance payout following the death of the family’s father. The prejudice they face and their heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world form the heart of this seminal American drama.

Hansberry’s play portrays the universal message of the desire for social progress amid the differing opinions on how to achieve it.

Actors rehearse a dance scene from "Raisin in the Sun," a show presented by The Drama Club starting Feb. 15. (Provided photo)
  Actors rehearse a dance scene 
  from “Raisin in the Sun,” a 
  show presented by The Drama 
  Group starting Feb. 15.
  (Provided photo)

“A Raisin in the Sun” debuted on Broadway in 1959. The title come from the poem “Harlem” by Langston Hughes, which includes the lines, “What happens to a dream deferred?/Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?”

It was named the best play of 1959 by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle.

Performances will be held at The Drama Group’s Studio Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 17 and 24.Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for seniors and $17 for students with ID. Group discount rates are also available. Some of the performances are already sold out, but good seats are still available.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the box office at 708-755-3444.
The Drama Group’s Milord Studio Theatre is located at 330 W. 202nd Street in Chicago Heights. For directions and other information regarding Drama Group activities, visit

In keeping with the group’s community outreach involvement, The Drama Group will be accepting new and gently used books and/or cash to be donated to the William Leonard Public Library in Robbins.

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