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A Raisin in the Sun Revisited: the Raisin Cycle at Center Stage

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Witness the backstage challenges of mounting two issue-driven plays simultaneously in the performance documentary, The Raisin Cycle. The two plays, Clybourne Park and Beneatha' Place, inspired by original drama, A Raisin in the Sun, revisit the questions of race and gentrification in America. Inspired by Hansberry's original and Norris' follow-up, Kwame Kwei-Armah, artistic director of Baltimore's Center Stage, penned a third play," Beneatha's Place," which follows two of the Raisin characters to Nigeria and its post-colonial struggles. Baltimore's Center Stage mounted "Clybourne Park" and "Beneatha's Place" as "The Raisin Cycle" and as part of its 50th anniversary season. "A Raisin in the Sun Revisited: The Raisin Cycle at Center Stage" is a performance documentary, which captures the history and legacy of Raisin and the backstage challenges of mounting two issue-driven plays simultaneously.

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