A Family Collides in ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ at Southeast’s River Campus April 18-22


“A Raisin in the Sun” will close out the Rhodes 101 Stops and Commerce Bank 2017-2018 Theatre and Dance Series April 18-22 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 18-21 and 2 p.m. April 22. A high school matinee is planned for 10 a.m. April 20.

Dr. Kenn Stilson, chair of The Conservatory of Theatre and Dance, said, “We end our season with one of the greatest American plays every written to coincide with The Conservatory’s new commitment to offering more diversity as a regular part of its annual programming.”

The Tony Award-winning classic was a milestone in American theatre. Set on Chicago’s South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis, and matriarch Lena.

When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans to buy a liquor store and be his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama.

“This family’s struggles and hopes will resonate and inspire our audiences,” Stilson said.


Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at RiverCampus.org.