It has been 57 years since the debut of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic A Raisin in the Sun. The play still resonates today. Hansberry created a unique and captivating look at the African American experience in the late 1950’s. And even today, her insight into the human experience rings true.
Her play seeks to enlighten and celebrate the struggles and triumphs that we all face even today. She wrote, “I am a writer. I suppose I think that the highest gift that man has is art, and I am audacious enough to think of myself as an artist – that there is both joy and beauty and illumination and communion between people to be achieved through the dissection of personality. That’s what I want to do. I want to reach a little closer to the world, which is to say to people, and see if we can share some illuminations together about each other.”
Author: Lorraine Hansberry
Director: Thomas Wedge
Cast List: A Raisin in the Sun Cast List (337kB)
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We are very excited to be celebrating our 7th anniversary of our holiday radio play program!
During the years immediately following WWII, many Americans would sit around the radios in their homes listening to holiday entertainment from around the country! If you remember listening, and want to recapture those days of your childhood Christmas, or have never heard it, but want to experience the magic of live radio theatre and create new memories for you and your family, attend this production!
This year the SVSU Theatre Department will be focusing on the Christmas Variety Radio Shows with all the hope and enthusiasm of the United States immediately following WWII. This year’s production will be in the style of the very popular Bob Hope Christmas Radio Shows!
This one-hour live radio production will relive the hope, the determination and of course the patriotic celebration of the holiday season during the post war years.
Come and enjoy the top theatrical performers at SVSU alongside the award winning Cardinal Singers.
Directors: Ric Roberts and David Rzeszutek
Music by: Kevin Simons
Audience: Family event
When morning-after gossip about privileged Davis and ambitious Leigh turns ugly, self-interest collides with the truth and the resulting storm of ambiguity makes it hard to discern just who’s a victim, who’s a predator, and who’s a Future Leader of America. All that’s certain is the veneer of loyalty and friendship is stripped back, what’s revealed is a vicious jungle of sexual politics, raw ambition, and class warfare where only the strong could possibly survive.
“Lord of the Flies with Smartphones”, “…a take no prisoners indictment of the young men and women poised to inherit the earth…” Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“Gripping. This provocative drama displays a crackling intensity” – The Hollywood Reporter
(Winner of the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play)
Author: Paul Downs Colaizzo
Director: David Rzeszutek
Audience: Rated R for strong language, sexually mature themes
Cast List: TBA
A multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force, Assassins combines Sondheim's signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a panoramic story of our nation's culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it, embodied by America's four successful and five would-be presidential assassins. Bold, original, disturbing, and alarmingly funny, Assassins is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written.
Assassins lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a one-act historical "revusical" that explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a nightmarish roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman
Director: Richard B. Roberts, Jr.
Musical Direction by: Kevin Simons and Brandon Haskett
Audience: 13+ for language and violence
Cast List: TBA