Tonya Anderson of Exquisite Life Philanthropy contributed financial support to the Williamsport Black Repertory, a new theater group founded by Denise Gray and Gerald Smith to bring quality plays to the Williamsport area from an African-American perspective.“It is important to educate our children to the rich heritage that black people have contributed to the arts and most of this history is lost to them,” Gray said.
The first performance of the group is “A Raisin In The Sun,” a play by Lorraine Hansberry that debuted on Broadway in 1959. The title comes from the poem “Harlem” (also known as “A Dream Deferred”) by Langston Hughes. The story is based upon a black family’s experiences in the Washington Park Subdivision of Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood.
“A Raisin In The Sun,” directed by Tom Ryersbach, will be presented at 7 p.m. Feb. 20-21, 2015 at the Klump Auditorium at Penn College.
Ticket prices are $5 for adults,$ 3 dollars for students, and children up to the age of 12 get in free.