As a high school student in California, I loved listening to broadcasts of LA Theatre Works on the local public radio station. Each week LATW presented dramatic readings of notable play by famous actors, and my imagination got to create the staging.
So it’s with a bit of nostalgia I read the news that Penumbra Theatre’s Artistic Director Lou Bellamy will be heading to Los Angeles this month to directo LATW’s production of “A Raising in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry. The show runs November 17-21 at the Skirball Cultural Center in the hills of Santa Monica, and then will be broadcast at a later date on MPR’s sister station KPCC in Southern California, as well as on public radio stations in Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Seattle, and San Francisco (but alas, not in the Twin Cities).
The LATW show stars Judyann Elder, James Gleason, Noah Gray-Cabey (Heroes), Deidrie Henry, Terrell Tilford, Rutina Wesley (HBO’s True Blood) and Mirron Willis.
Lou Bellamy directed a fully staged performance of A Raisin in the Sun at the Guthrie Theater in March and April of 2009.