From the Rehearsal Room

We've been in rehearsal now for just under a week - and as with the production of any play, we're learning an incredible amount! Here's a brief example. As I've mentioned, this production is directed by Robert O'Hara, who is both a director and a playwright.  When scripts are published, the text typically includes both … Continue reading From the Rehearsal Room

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And at Geva…

Having sketched out a little bit of the historical context, I want to take a brief break and give you an inside glimpse at what Geva Theatre Center's production of A Raisin in the Sun will look like.  The production, directed by Robert O'Hara, will have set and costumes designed by Clint Ramos, lighting by Japhy Weideman … Continue reading And at Geva…

On the South Side

Existence in Chicago's South Side in the 1950's was harsh.  Discriminatory housing policies meant that the majority of African American families lived like the Youngers, in kitchenette apartments - larger apartments were broken up into several smaller homes, with a very small kitchen and one bedroom.  Entire families lived in these apartments, and usually shared … Continue reading On the South Side

Courage and Honesty

Contemporary productions of classic dramas often try to capture something of the essence of the original production.  As a dramaturg, I want to know how audiences and critics responded to earlier productions of the plays I work on, to better inform my work and give me the ability to offer an historical perspective.  So one … Continue reading Courage and Honesty