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Phylicia Rashad to Direct “A Raisin in the Sun”

Actress/Director Phylicia Rashad is set to make herLos Angeles directorial debut with the Ebony Repertory Theatre’s production of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play A RAISIN IN THE SUN .  Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT) is proud to return this groundbreaking play to Los Angeles for its first fully-staged production in over twenty years.  Preview performances begin on March 23, 2011, Nate Holden Performing Arts Center with Opening Night onFriday, March 25th.  The play runs through April 17, 2011 (4718 W. Washington Blvd.) in Los Angeles.

“Ebony Repertory Theatre is deeply honored to have the inimitable Phylicia Rashad make her Los Angeles directorial debut with our production of A Raisin In The Sun,” said Wren T. Brown, Ebony Repertory Theatre, Founder / Producer.  He added, “Our late Co-Founder and Artistic Director, the brilliant Israel Hicks, would be exceedingly proud of our choice of director for this production. Israel often spoke of his immense respect for Ms. Rashad’s abundant artistry and her uncommon grace. Needless to say, we are tremendously excited about the opportunity to work with this great lady of the theater.”

Rashad is a critically-acclaimed and award-winning actress whose Broadway credits include:  August Osage CountyCat on a Hot Tin RoofA Raisin in the Sun (2004 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play, Drama Desk Award), Jelly’s Last JamInto the WoodsDreamgirlsThe Wiz and Ain’t Supposed To Die A Natural Death.

 

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