Houston theater presents compelling American story

January 2, 2014 by  

Local theater lovers will be in for a treat this month, as the Houston Family Arts Center presents Lorraine Hansberry’s ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ to those looking to entertain themselves during January weekends.

Nominated for four Tony Awards after its first Broadway run in 1959, the production is a compelling look at a family struggling to achieve the American dream in 1950s Chicago. In an attempt to better their lot, the family makes investment decisions that bring questions about their dreams and cultural identity to the forefront. The plot of the play was partially inspired by similar events in the author’s own childhood.

In addition to being a staple of American theaters and literature classes, A Raisin in the Sun was also made into two films. The 1961 production even starred the original Broadway cast, including Academy Award-winning actor Sidney Poitier in the lead role of Walter Younger.

In order to better promote their production, organizers for shows like this often opt to team up with a local printing company to create an eye-catching marketing campaign. Posters and flyers are one way to promote theatrical productions, as they can easily be hung on community message boards and in the windows of businesses in the area.

Performances start on Friday, January 10. Everyone over the age of three is invited to attend the play, which will run Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until February 2. Ticket prices and availability can be found on the Houston Family Arts Center website.