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GSC Theatre Presents 'Raisin in the Sun'

Posted on Friday, March 22, 2019


Cast of 'Raisin in the Sun'

The Gordon State College Theatre is presenting “A Raisin in the Sun,” by Lorraine Hansberry March 27-30.

The actors take the stage of the Gordon State College Theatre each night at 7:30 with a matinee Sunday, March 31 at 2 p.m.

“A Raisin in the Sun,” tells the story of the Youngers, an African American family living on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s. The Youngers come into money through an insurance check, and each of the adult family members has a different idea of what should be done with the money. Mamma wants a house in the white suburb of Clybourne Park; a son wants to invest in a liquor store while a daughter wants to attend medical school.

To accompany the play actors are presenting “Clybourne Park” by Bruce Norris on Saturday, March 30 at 1 p.m.

According to Lisa Ferguson, GSC Assistant Professor of Theatre, Clybourne is a staged reading on “The Raisin in the Sun” set.

“This reading offers some wonderful student and faculty performances. There will be limited props and limited movement because it is not a full production,” Ferguson said. “Clybourne is a public performance, anyone can attend and time permitting we will have a short "talk back" after the reading.”

Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, “Clybourne Park” is a razor-sharp satire about the politics of race. In response to Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun.” playwright Bruce Norris set up “Clybourne Park” as a pair of scenes that bookend Hansberry’s piece. These two scenes, 50 years apart, are both set in the same modest bungalow on Chicago’s northwest side that features at the center of “A Raisin in the Sun,” according to

Cast members include:


Act One                                                      

RUSS, Larry Stoermer, Zebulon; BEV, Nicole Vanderbush, Senoia; FRANCINE, Cameryhn Dorsett-Flemister, Milner; JIM, Nathan Rogers, Thomaston; ALBERT, Brian Lewis, Fairburn; KARL, Timothy Morris, Williamson; BETSY, Rachel Williams, Cartersville.

Act Two

TOM, Hampton Calhoun, Williamson; LINDSEY, Lilly Camp, Locust Grove; KATHY, Nicole Vanderbush, Senoia; STEVE, Jacob Rivera, Zebulon; LENA, Samantha Jackson, Brooklyn, N.Y.; KEVIN, Brian Lewis, Fairburn; DAN, Larry Stoermer, Zebulon; KENNETH, Nathan Rogers, Thomaston.


TRAVIS YOUNGER, Jahi Williams , Henry County; BOBO, Alvin Stephens, Lagrange; JOSEF ASAGAI,       Raphael Cotton, Riverdale; GEORGE MURCHISON, Brian Lewis, Fairburn; BENEATHA YOUNGER, Alexandria Rodgers, Atlanta and Samantha Jackson Brooklyn, N.Y.; RUTH YOUNGER, Lala Sneed, Fayetteville; MAMA LENA YOUNGER, Adana Smalls, Douglasville; WALTER LEE YOUNGER    , LaTrez Anderson, Milledgeville; KARL LINDNER, Jacob Rivera, Zebulon; MRS. Johnson, Ericka Manhan, Dacula; MOVERS, JaQuan Thomas, Woodland, and Hampton Calhoun, Williamson.

Understudies for “A Raisin in the Sun” Aminah Broadway, Atlanta; Larry Stoermer, Zebulon.

Backstage: Zara Bryant, Stage Manager, Cartersville

Design: Tony Pearson, Light, Set, Sound

Danielle Willis, Stage Manager, Assistant Director for RAISIN, Co-director for CLYBOURNE, Douglasville.

Amanda Edgerton, Costume Design

Hampton Calhoun  Props Design

Admission to “A Raisin in the Sun” is $10 for adults, $5 for youth, and $7 for seniors. Admission to Clybourne is free but a donation of $5 is appreciated.