American Dream

Although it was written more than four decades ago, A Raisin in the Sun speaks particularly well to today's audience, because in this challenging economy, dreaming of a better life has become a full-time job for too many people. Lorraine Hansberry’s play follows the struggles of an inner-city family living on Chicago’s South Side in the 1950s, exploring the different ways each family member wants to spend the late patriarch’s $10,000 life insurance settlement. Their dreams include moving to a better neighborhood, attending medical school and opening a liquor store. “What it's really about is the American dream and how different people have different versions of that dream,” says Denver Center Theatre Company’s Chris Wiger. “Today we're dreaming more than ever, but we don't see those dreams as possible as they were even a year ago.”

The DCTC production of Raisin opens at 7:30 p.m. today at the Stage Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, with a cast that includes Marlene Warfield (most recently in August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean) and Russell Hornsby (who can be seen in ABC Family's Lincoln Heights and HBO's In Treatment). Tickets start at $18; for more information, call 303-893-4100 or go to
Fri., Oct. 2, 1:30 p.m.; Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Mondays-Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Starts: Oct. 2. Continues through Oct. 31, 2009

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Mark Dragotta