The Lyric Repertory Company (Lyric), part of the Caine College of the Arts at USU, opens the first show of the 2019 summer season, A Raisin in the Sun, June 14 at the historic Caine Lyric Theatre in downtown Logan.
Written by Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun is called “the play that changed American theater forever” by The New York Times. Hansberry covers issues of racism, discrimination, generational clashes, civil rights and the women’s movement through the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family. The family’s heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.
The show is directed by Eric Ruffin, acting and directing lecturer in the Department of Theatre Arts at Howard University. Ruffin holds a BFA in theater arts from Howard and an MFA in directing from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. He is a member of the Society for Stage Directors and Choreographers, a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect and a recipient of the New York Drama League Directing Fellowship. Ruffin has also been honored with a Shakespeare Theatre Acting Fellowship and the Princess Grace Grant for Dance.
In 2007, Ruffin directed Richie Call, artistic director of the Lyric, in a production at Rutgers while Call was in graduate school. Since then, Call and Ruffin have remained in contact, which is what brought him and other cast members of A Raisin in the Sun to Logan.
The Lyric 2019 season also includes Mamma Mia!, Clybourne Park, Murder for Two, The Great Society (Staged Reading) and Size Matters. The season runs June 14-August 3.
For more information or to purchase tickets for the inaugural Spotlight Concert or 2019 season, go online to lyricrep.org. Visit the Caine Lyric Theatre Box Office at 28 W. Center Street on Mon.-Sat. from 10 a.m.-5 p.m until August 3 (435-797-8022) or the Spectrum Box Office at 7600 Old Main Hill on Mon.-Fri. from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (435-797-0305).