ANN ARBOR CIVIC THEATRE presents .a , ra1s1n tnthe sun By LORRAINE HANSBERRY Directed by P. M. Travis JANUARY 5, 6, 7, 8, 1967 • LYDIA MENDELSSOHN THEATRE ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN THIRTY-SEVENTH SEASON • SECOND PRODUCTION NOTES ABOUT . . . PRISCILLA M. TRAVIS (Director) brings a great deal of experience to Ann Arbor Civic Theatre. She is a Director at the University of Michigan Television Center; this is her first experience directing a play for AACT, although she did a grand job of heading an AACT workshop last season. Pris is a candidate for a Ph.D. in radio, television and theatre here at Michigan. She directed Ibsen's GHOSTS, MIRACLE WORKER, and directed design and lighting for Oscar Wilde's SALOME. MELINDA WILLIS (Ruth Younger) debuts with AACT tonight but has many acting credits in her background. She appeared as Rachel in INHERIT THE WIND and performer in THE CAVE DWELLERS, and HENRY VI. Melinda is a first year graduate student specializing in psychiatric teaching. BILLY BREWER (Travis Younger) is in the sixth grade this year. This is his second time on Ann Arbor Civic Theatre stage, last appearing in ALL THE WAY HOME. Billy is a Boy Scout; he plays the trumpet; and he is interested in writing plays. SINGER BUCHANAN (Walter Lee Younger), Assistant Professor at EMU, is a valuable AACT member both as an actor and a director. Bucky directed the 1965 Actor's Workshop and OKLAHOMA. He last appeared in University Players' HENRY VI TRILOGY as Lord Somerset, and acted in AACT productions OUR TOWN, and JOAN OF LORRAINE. He was Drama Director of some 25 full length plays at Tuskegee before corning to Ann Arbor. LOIS J. OWENS (Benetha Younger) wears three hats: she is a housewife, a secretary, and an actress, making her debut tonight with Ann Arbor Civic Theatre. Lois taught dance in high school; she paints in her spare time. JULIA ILLONA MOORE (Lena Younger) is a speech major at the University of Michigan who has appeared as Queen Bee in PIONEER, GO HOME, as Mrs. Reiner in THE MOUSE THAT ROARED and was co-director of RAMSHACKLE INN. Julia also appeared as Felicity in THE BLACKS, produced by the U-M Comparative Literature Department. This is her first experience with AACT. BYRON HENDRICKS (Joseph Asagai) joins the AACT group for the first time. Byron is a University student from Jamaica who appeared in their production of THE BLACKS in the role of Doreif. WILLIAM BOYER (George Murchison) is a cosmetologist who specializes in designing clothing and coiffures to match. This is his first AACT appearance. He is a musician: plays the organ, clarinet, and drums, and is interested in linguistics and English. THOMAS WILLIAMS (Bobo) was a stage hand last year for AACT's production of KISS ME KATE. Tom is a psychiatric attendant at the University's Neuropsychiatric Institute. JOSEPH MEDRANO (Karl Lindner) has been a most active AACT member in addition to his roles as a high school math teacher and technical director of the high school's plays. Joe built beards for the Greek Theatre production of THE ORESTEIA. He appeared in AACT's ALL THE WAY HOME, VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, NEVER TOO LATE, and many others, as well as serving as Production Manager for MARY, MARY. WILLIAM P. McADOO (Moving Man) has been a member of the University Musical Society for eleven consecutive years. This is his first experience on stage with AACT. Bill is a church choir director and soloist, who was co-organizer of the first A Capella choir in Ypsilanti. JIM WILLIAMS (Production Assistant and Moving Man) is a graduate student in radio and television. This is his debut with Ann Arbor Civic Theatre. JOHN FORD (Technical Director) has been associated with many AACT productions. John is a student at the University of Michigan. During last summer he was affiliated with the Ypsilanti Greek Theatre; his prior experiences included directing with the APA. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS . . . Clinton Castor's Pretzel Bell Jim Graf Home Appliance Marl Radio Station WOIA The Kiwanis Red Shield The Godfrey Bekins Moving and Storage Company PATRONS •.. Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Barstow Jacobson's Metzger's Restaurant The Quarry, Inc. Wilkinson's Luggage Weber's Goodyear's Mast Shoe Stores Overbeck Book Store Sam's Store The Wurlitzer Company A RAISIN IN THE SUN By Lorraine Hansberry Director and Set Designer-P.M. Travis Technical Director- John Ford CAST OF CHARACTERS (In order of appearance) RUTH YOUNGER _______ __ __________ __ __ ________________________MELINDA WILLIS TRAVIS YOUNGER _________________________________________________________BILLY BREWER WALTER LEE YOUNGER (Brother) ____________________SINGER BUCHANAN __________________ --··------- ____________ ____ LOIS J. OWENS BENETHA YOUNGER LENA YOUNGER (Mama) , ___________________________________________JULIA MOORE_ JOSEPH ASAGAI _____________--------------------- _____________BYRON HENDRICKS GEORGE MURCHISON _______________________ ___________________WILLIAM BOYER BOBO ---------------------- ___________ ---------------------------------- ____________TOM WILLIAMS KARL LINDNER ______ ____ -------------------- _______________________JOSEPH MEDRANO MOVING MEN ------------------ _________________________________________WILLIAM McADOO JIM WILLIAMS Setting: The Youngers' apartment in Chicago's south side. Time: 1960's Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. "What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun? And fester like a soreAnd then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar overLike a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags Like a heavy load. OR DOES IT EXPLODE?" -Langston Hughes Act I, Scene 1: Early morning Scene 2: The following morning Act II, Scene 1: Scene 2: Scene 3: Act III, Scene 1: Later the same day Friday night a few weeks later Saturday, one week later An hour later As a courtesy to the performers, late-comers will be detained at the rear of the house and seated when there is an opportune moment during the stage action. Absolutely no photographs to be taken during the performance. PRODUCTION STAFF Production Assistant ___________________________________________________________________ Jim Williams Stage Manager __ -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------1ohn Ford Assistant Stage Manager ______________________________________________________________Roz Berlinger Lighting Crew ___________________________________________________ Dave Mohler, Kathy Muehlig Props ------------------- ____ ---------------------------------- ____________ Chairman, Carol Deniston, Lois Schafer, Margaret Myers, Trudy Magglott Costumes ________________________________________________________ _Mari Ann Annis, Kim Hurlinger, Judy Gould Make-Up ______ -------------------------------------------------- ___________ Chairman, Joyce Schrock Sophie Farah, Fran Armbruster, Amy Vuolo, Sunny LaFave, Margaretta Olving, Dottie Barnes Master Carpenter _______________________________________________________________________ _Don Stewart Set Construction Crew __________ _Don Lindemann, Ed Armbruster, Andy Platko, Alice Crawford, Pete Crawford, Pris Travis, Howard Travis BUSINESS STAFF Box Office ________________________________________________________________Chairman, Helga Hover Head Usher __________________________________________________________________________Runelda Medrano Programs _______________________________________________________________Chairman, Frankie Davidson Andy Platko, Dorothy Maples, MariAnne and Ted Annis, Ken Johnson, Pat Pooley Promotion __________________________________________________________________Chairman, Jim Swinehart Lael Cappaert, Dorothy Maples, Sandy Swinehart, Lolita Walker Ticket Agent _________________________________________________________________ __]erry Scofield Many thanks to all those who assisted with this production and whose names were received too late to be included in this program. ANN ARBOR CIVIC THEATRE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Robert Seeman, President James Swinehart, Vice-President Robert Reinhart, Vice-President Joyce Schrock, Secretary Gerald Hover, Treasurer Charles Chadwick Joseph Medrano Alice Crawford Wihtred Cook Sophie Farah Zeke Jabbour Aileen Mengel NEXT PRODUCTION THE DEVIL'S DISCIPLE By GEORGE BERNARD SHAW Advance Sale Tickets - Box 1993 - Ann Arbor Please enclose stamped self-addressed envelope MARCH 2-3-4 LYDIA MENDELSSOHN THEATRE BIMBO'S OLD TIME SALOON Beer Pizza Banjo Band 114 E. Washington, Ann Arbor THE GOLDEN FALCON Dining and Dancing for Your Pleasure To Live Entertainment HURON LOUNGE Specializing In Char-Broiled Steaks Open Noon Saturdays and Sundays for Dinners Phone 663-3765 for reservations 314 S. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor GREENE'S CLEANERS Free Pick Up & Delivery 320 East Huron, Ann Arbor JOHN LEIDY GIFTS 601-607 E. Liberty Phone 662-3231 668-6n9 SLATER'S BOOKS COME IN AN D BROWSE THROUGH OUR LARGE SELECTION George D. Coons 336 S. 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