MTVarts Classics Series honors our cultural and literature heritage with an educational outreach to secondary students. Our productions present authentic, uncensored works by iconic American playwrights as the author intended.
The 21st century student experiencing live theatre in an educational environment has greater tolerance and improved ability to read the emotions of others, has increased understanding of plot and vocabulary, and gains an appreciation for the arts.
Measured in the lives engaged, the thoughts provoked, and the experience of seeing literature studied come to life on the stage, this is our most successful endeavor.
Coming in 2019: A Raisin in the Sun
MAY 3-5, 2019
Set on Chicago’s South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis, and matriarch Lena. When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. The Younger family’s heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.
• Walter Lee Younger (Lead). Male. 30s to 40s.
• Ruth Younger (Lead). Female. 30s.
• Travis Younger (Supporting). Male. 10 or 11
• Beneatha Younger (Lead). Female. 20.
• Lena “Mama” Younger (Lead). Female. Early 60s.
• Joseph Asagai (Supporting). Male. 20s.
• George Murchison (Supporting). Male. 20s.
• 2 Moving Men (Supporting). Male. Adult of any age.
Teaching Resource Packet coming soon.