Shoestring Players to Perform Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun”

February 17, 2012 at 5:01 pm

In conjunction with a series of Black History Month events on campus, the Shoestring Players at the University South Carolina Upstate are proud to produce an African American literary work by Lorraine Hansberry, “A Raisin in the Sun,” on February 23-25 at 8 p.m. and February 26 at 3 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $6 for general admission and $4 for faculty, staff and students. Tickets may be reserved through the USC Upstate Box Office by calling (864) 503-5695 or emailing

The play takes place in 1950’s Chicago on the cusp of the civil rights movement. In a cramped apartment, Mama, along with the rest of the Youngers, await a life insurance check that will alter the future of the Younger family.

Director Lee Neibert, assistant professor of theatre, says “We see a family that’s pushing forward against prejudice, continuing to find freedom that so many people have denied them because of their race.”  Neibert says the style of the play reflects realism and naturalism. “I really want the audience to believe there is an apartment on stage and that the family has been going about their lives since before anyone walks into the theatre,” he adds.

Hansberry was the first African American woman to have her works produced on Broadway, opening the door for many other influential African American playwrights. The prevalence of race prejudice and deferred dreams are main issues presented in the play and will hopefully be brought to the forefront of the audience’s mind.

“We have a wonderful cast that’s working hard and we promise to put forth a riveting show,” Neibert states.  He urges the community to come and “join the celebration of the African American journey.”

The cast is as follows:

Georgia McCarroll – Lena/Mama
Roderice Gilliam  – Walter Lee
Ahsha Daniels – Ruth
Ashley McFadden – Beneatha
Herbert Johnson – Asagai
Trey Crosby – Travis
Simone Dawkins – Miss Johnson
Kalib Law – Bobo
Ryan Barry – Lindner
Sha’rone Scott – George

For further information, contact Lee Neibert at (864)503-5987 or