Kaiserslautern theater rehearsing production for Black History Month
Rehearsals are under way for the Kaiserslautern Army Community Theatre’s production of “A Raisin in the Sun,” to be performed in February in honor of Black History Month.
When Lorraine Hansberry’s play opened in 1959, it was the first play written by a black woman to be performed on Broadway, according to Julia Glattfelt, director of the Kaiserslautern production.
That year, the New York Drama Critics Circle named it the best play of the year. A film version followed in 1961 and a Tony-award winning musical version, known as “Raisin,” premiered in 1973.
The show follows the joys, sorrows and hopes of a black family living on Chicago’s South Side in the 1950s. The Younger family learns it will receive a $10,000 insurance settlement, and the play examines how each family member feels it should be spent.
Instead of setting the play in the 1950s, Glattfelt will use costumes and props to turn the clock forward to 1963 — the year of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. She says the speech ties in closely with the lives of the Younger family.
“I think in terms of civil rights history, [this play] is important to do,” said Glattfelt, who has directed 11 plays and been involved in 29 other community theater productions. “Also, it’s the first drama to appear on Broadway to show a black family in a realistic light.”
The play’s 10 characters are portrayed by actors from all over the Kaiserslautern military community. It will be performed at 7 p.m. Feb. 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28 at KMC Onstage, Building 3232 on Kleber Casern.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call DSN 483-1790 or civilian 0631-411-1790.