Pear Avenue Theatre Company’s production of Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” is scheduled to run through Sunday in Mountain View.
Hansberry’s play follows the struggles and aspirations of an African-American family in Chicago in the 1950s as they deal with prejudice and the limitations society places on their dreams.
This play was the first by an African-American woman produced on Broadway.
Aldo Billingslea, a professor at Santa Clara University as well as an actor and director, helms the production. He has won several awards for his work.
Kendra Owens, a Bay Area performer last seen at the Pear in “Nickled and Dimed,” plays Mama.
Mama’s son, Walter Lee, is played by Michael Wayne Rice, who has appeared in productions in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, including “Romeo and Juliet,” “Boesman and Lena” and “Killer Joe.”
YhÃ¡ Mourhia D. Wright plays Walter’s sister, Beneatha Younger, and Jennifer Perkins-Stephens plays his wife, Ruth. Bezachin Jifar, a native of Ethiopia, plays Beneatha’s courter, Joseph Asagai, and Alec F. Brown plays her suitor, George Murchison.
William David Southall, a seventh-grade student at Oakland School of the Arts, plays Travis Younger. Southall played Joe Thibodeaux in the TheatreWorks production of “Caroline, or Change,” and appears in three feature films set for release.
Performances of “Raisin” are scheduled 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The theater is located at 1220 Pear Ave.
Tickets are $15-$30; students and seniors receive discounts.
For tickets and more information, call 254-1148 or visit www.thepear.org.