Arena Stage announces full cast of ‘A Raisin in the Sun’

The full company has been announced for Arena Stage’s upcoming production of A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Tazewell Thompson. Presented in the Fichandler Stage, Lorraine Hansberry’s American classic will run March 31 and play through May 7.

Leading the cast are Will Cobbs (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) as Walter Lee Younger and Dawn Ursula (Arena Stage’s Love in Afghanistan) as Ruth Younger. Cobbs makes his Arena Stage debut. His most recent theater credits include Safe House (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), When I Come to Die (Kansas City Repertory) and Autumn’s Harvest (Lincoln Center).

Dawn Ursula and Will Cobb

Cobbs and Ursula are joined by Joy Jones (Arena Stage’s Mary T. & Lizzy K.) as Beneatha Younger, Lizan Mitchell (Broadway’s So Long on Lonely Street) as Lena Younger, and 11-year-old Jeremiah Hasty as Travis Younger.

Rounding out the cast are Mack Leamon as Bobo, Thomas Adrian Simpson as Karl Lindner, Keith L. Royal Smith as George Murchison and Bueka Uwemedimo as Joseph Asagai. Rounding out the cast are Emmanuel Epongo Jr. (understudy for Travis Younger), Brit Herring (Karl Lindner, beginning May 2), and Valeka J. Holt (understudy for Ruth Younger, assuming the role May 2).Raisin in the Sun

Hansberry’s play follows the members of the Younger family, who yearn for a better life far from the cramped confines of their Chicago tenement. Hope arrives in the form of an unexpected financial windfall, but family ties are strained when they realize they have differing definitions of the American dream, which dreams get realized, and which deferred?

Performance Dates:

Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Weekday matinees at noon on Wednesday, 4/12; Tuesday, 4/18; Tuesday, 4/25; Wednesday, 4/26; & Tuesday, 5/2



Tickets may be purchased online at by phone at 202-488-3300 or at the Sales Office at 1101 Sixth st., SW, D.C.


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