Raisin
"Adventurous theater in Astoria"

-- The New York Times

2017 New York Innovative Theatre Award Winner for Outstanding Production of a Musical
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Book by Robert Nemiroff and Charlotte Zaltzberg

Music by Judd Woldin
Lyrics by Robert Brittan

Based on Lorraine Hansberry’s Raisin In The Sun 

Directed by Dev Bondarin

May 4 – 27, 2017

30-44 Crescent St. at 30th Road
Good Shepherd United Methodist Church


Raisin is a musical adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s revolutionary A Raisin in the Sun, and has a book co-written by the executor of her literary estate, Robert Nemiroff. In segregated 1950s Chicago, Walter Lee Younger and his mother Lena fight over the spending of insurance money. He wants to start a business with friends, while she is eager to move the family out of the south side and into Clybourne Park. Pulsing with the musical beat of the city, Raisin depicts a black family’s struggle in the face of change.

Raisin is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS:

New York Innovative Theatre Awards, 2017

WINNER- Outstanding Production of a Musical
WINNER- Tamrin Goldberg, Outstanding Choreography/Movement
NOMINEE- Outstanding Ensemble
NOMINEE- Dev Bondarin, Outstanding Direction
NOMINEE- Warren Nolan, Jr., Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role
NOMINEE- Larwrence E. Moten III, Outstanding Set Design
NOMINEE- Jeannipher Pacheco, Outstanding Costume Design
NOMINEE- Emma Wilk, Outstanding Sound Design

PRODUCTION HISTORY:

Raisin had its pre-Broadway tryout at Arena Stage in Washington D.C. It opened on Broadway in October of 1973 and closed on December of 1975 after playing 847 performances. The original production was directed and choreographed by Donald McKayle and the cast featured Virginia Capers, Joe Morton, Ernestine Jackson, and Debbie Allen. It won the 1974 Tony Award for Best Musical, a Grammy Award for Best Score, and a national tour followed. APAC’s production will be the first time the show has been fully produced in New York City since its initial Broadway run.

PRESS QUOTES ABOUT THE ORIGINAL PRODUCTION OF RAISIN: 

Raisin is one of those unusual musicals that should not only delight people who love musicals, but might also well delight those who don’t. It’s a musical with a heartbeat very much its own.” – The New York Times

Pure magic…dazzling! Tremendous!…Warms the heart and touches the soul with a human dimension that takes the measurement of man!” – The New York Times

A tidal wave of soul!” – Ebony

TALKBACKS 

On May 13, 2017, a post-matinee discussion of diversity in musical theater and how it relates to Raisin‘s history was held with moderator Michael R. Jackson and members of the cast, and featured the participation of a member of the original Broadway cast of Raisin as well as family members of the Raisin creative team.

Michael R. Jackson holds a BFA and MFA in playwriting and Musical Theatre Writing from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He wrote the book, music, and lyrics for the musical A Strange Loop. He wrote book and lyrics for the musical Only Children with composer Rachel Peters, book and lyrics for the musical adaptation of the 2007 horror film Teeth with composer and co-bookwriter Anna Jacobs.

On May 27, 2017, a post-matinee discussion of the making of APAC’s Raisin was held with moderator Dev Bondarin, APAC Artistic Director and director of Raisin, and members of the cast and crew of Raisin.

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During Dev Bondarin’s tenure as APAC’s artistic director, APAC has been nominated for 13 NYIT awards and won three, including Outstanding Production of a Musical for Merrily We Roll Along, which she directed. APAC credits: Raisin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Astoria Stories, In The Bones. Other directing: Elevator Heart (NYU), Junie B.‘s Essential Guide to School (fall 2016 tour, TheatreworksUSA), King Lear (American Bard, two NY IT noms), Reefer Madness (Gallery Players, NY IT nom for Outstanding Production of a Musical), A Home Across The Ocean (MTWorks) and Raised by Lesbians (FringeNYC). As Associate Artistic Director of Prospect Theater Company, Dev directs an annual musical theater lab which showcases the work of emerging and established musical theater writers. Member: Lincoln Center Directors Lab. Associate Member: SDC, League of Professional Theatre Women. MFA: Brooklyn College. BA: Brandeis University.


This program was supported in part by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and NYSCA. Special thanks to Council Member Costa Constantinides.


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This program was proudly supported by a grant from Investors Foundation. investorsbankfoundation.org

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