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2016/17 Parking
Mead Center Parking
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2016/17 Café
$6 Pre-order Drinks
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<span class="fc_order" data-order="1040"></span>Richard's Place Reservations
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<span class="fc_order" data-order="100" ></span>A Raisin in the Sun
2016/17 Season
A Raisin in the Sun
By Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by Tazewell Thompson
Fichandler Stage
March 31 - May 7, 2017

The “play that changed American theater forever” (New York Times) finally comes to Arena Stage. Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking masterpiece follows the Younger family yearning 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 — but which dreams get realized and which deferred? A Raisin in the Sun paints the African-American experience in brilliant and powerful strokes, as vibrant and vital today as it was in 1959.

A Raisin in the Sun runs approximately two hours and 45 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission. This production contains the use of special effects including herbal cigarette smoke and haze.

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2016/17 Season
Smart People
By Lydia R. Diamond
Directed by Seema Sueko
Kreeger Theater
April 14 - May 21, 2017

Do our belief systems stem from our environment, or are some prejudices hard-wired into us? With barbed wit, Lydia R. Diamond (Stick Fly) explores the unavoidable nature of racism and other sticky subjects in the controversial and fiercely funny new play Smart People. Four intellectuals — a doctor, an actress, a psychologist, and a neurobiologist studying the human brain’s response to race — search for love, acceptance and identity in a complex world where political correctness comes face-to-face with cold hard data.

Smart People runs approximately two hours and thirty minutes, including one 15-minute intermission. This production includes mature content and strobe-like effects.