Tri-PAC Presents ‘Raisin In The Sun’ This Weekend

POTTSTOWN PA – A story of struggles, hope, and inspiration continues tonight (Friday, Jan. 14, 2011) and through the weekend, as the Tri-County Performing Arts Center, 245 High St., Pottstown PA, presents the award-winning play, “A Raisin In The Sun.”

The winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, “A Raisin In The Sun” is the first play written by an African-American woman ever to be produced on Broadway. The play follows the difficulties faced by an African-American family in Chicago’s South Side during the 1950s. Playwright Lorraine Hansberry explores how each family member meets their dreams, with dignity or otherwise, and imbues the story with touching honesty and a winning pathos.

Mother (and grandmother) Lena Younger, her daughter Beneatha, and her son Walter (with his wife, Ruth, and their son Travis) squeeze into a run-down two-bedroom apartment. But the Youngers have a chance at a new beginning. Ten thousand dollars is coming in the mail, and Lena must decide what to do with it. Beneatha hopes for tuition money, Walter hopes for the down payment on his liquor store, and Ruth just wants her family to be happy. These dreams and others are at the core of the play.

The show runs tonight and Saturday, both beginning at 8 p.m., followed on Sunday by a 3 p.m. matinee. Tickets cost $17 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $13 for children 12 and younger, and are available at the door and online.