Fifth Grader, Trey Crosby Stars in "A Raisin in the Sun."


In conjunction with a series of Black History Month events on campus, the Shoestring Players at the University South Carolina Upstate will present “A Raisin in the Sun,” an African-American literary work by Lorraine Hansberry, at 8 p.m. today through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Performing Arts Center.

Fifth grader, Trey Crosby, will be starring as the son, "Travis" in "A Raisin in the Sun" this weekend.

"A Raisin in the Sun" premiered on Broadway on March 11, 1958. The play was the first to be produced on Broadway written by a black woman. Her name was Lorraine Hansberry and the play was based on her struggles with racial segregation while growing up in Chicago.

Since it's première, the play has evolved into a movie, musical, television film and a Broadway revival. It is apparent the story of struggle, equality, love, the pursuit of happiness and family is a timeless story -- one we continue to hear about all too often.

The story centers around the Younger family led by the family matriarch fondly and respectfully called, "Mama." Lena Younger's husband has died and she is waiting for an insurance check of $10,000. Each of the family members has their own dream of how to spend the money, desires which will fragment the stability of the family.

Ruth Younger (Ahsha M. Daniels) is married to Walter Younger (Roderice Gilliam) and they are raising their son Travis (Trey Crosby) in the apartment with Mama and Walter's younger sister, Beneatha (Ashley McFadden). The quarters are small and modest; young Travis sleeps on the couch and they all share one bathroom.

Walter wants to buy a liquor store with the insurance check to provide for his wife and son; Mama wants to buy a house for the family and Beneatha hopes Mama will use the money to send her to medical school.

The struggle of money and the pursuit of the American dream is universal. The story in this play happens to center around a black family.

The story is beautifully told by the Shoestring Players of USC Upstate. Director Lee Neibert has assembled a brilliant blend of actors, both veteran and new talent to the stage. Georgia McCarroll plays "Mama" as a strong, soft-spoken mother who listens intently to her children and demands respect in her home. McCarroll describes her character as "tight and controlling: the meat of the family." Ahsha M. Daniels plays Ruth Younger. "Ruth is complex. She has dreams that have been set back due to life itself."

"A Raisin in the Sun" premiered on Broadway on March 11, 1958. The play was the first to be produced on Broadway written by a black woman. Her name was Lorraine Hansberry and the play was based on her struggles with racial segregation while growing up in Chicago.

Since it's première, the play has evolved into a movie, musical, television film and a Broadway revival. It is apparent the story of struggle, equality, love, the pursuit of happiness and family is a timeless story -- one we continue to hear about all too often.

The story centers around the Younger family led by the family matriarch fondly and respectfully called, "Mama." Lena Younger's husband has died and she is waiting for an insurance check of $10,000. Each of the family members has their own dream of how to spend the money, desires which will fragment the stability of the family.

Ruth Younger (Ahsha M. Daniels) is married to Walter Younger (Roderice Gilliam) and they are raising their son Travis (Trey Crosby) in the apartment with Mama and Walter's younger sister, Beneatha (Ashley McFadden). The quarters are small and modest; young Travis sleeps on the couch and they all share one bathroom.

Walter wants to buy a liquor store with the insurance check to provide for his wife and son; Mama wants to buy a house for the family and Beneatha hopes Mama will use the money to send her to medical school.

The struggle of money and the pursuit of the American dream is universal. The story in this play happens to center around a black family.

The story is beautifully told by the Shoestring Players of USC Upstate. Director Lee Neibert has assembled a brilliant blend of actors, both veteran and new talent to the stage. Georgia McCarroll plays "Mama" as a strong, soft-spoken mother who listens intently to her children and demands respect in her home. McCarroll describes her character as "tight and controlling: the meat of the family." Ahsha M. Daniels plays Ruth Younger. "Ruth is complex. She has dreams that have been set back due to life itself."
 

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 3:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 1:50 p.m.