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Penumbra, Guthrie mark 50th year of 'Raisin in the Sun'

Though I've seen the 1961 movie "A Raisin in the Sun" (starring Sidney Poitier), I’m really looking forward to attending Penumbra Theatre’s production opening this week at the Guthrie Theater.

For one, it’s the 50th anniversary of the play, which made history in 1959 when it appeared on Broadway with an all-black principal cast (Poitier among them) as well as a black playwright and director. The New York Times once said this play "changed American theater forever," according to a press release from the Guthrie. For another, St. Paul-based Penumbra’s co-production (with theaters in Ohio and Arizona) has received rave reviews. No surprise there.

The play is being directed by Penumbra founder Lou Bellamy. In a sneak-peek video of "Raisin" posted on the Guthrie's website, Bellamy describes the story of a working-class family’s struggles as one of "hope." Check it out.

"Raisin in the Sun" runs through April 12.

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