Onstage at Arden Theatre Company is Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun." In Chicago's South Side, the Younger family dreams of buying a house in the all-white Clybourne Park. A life insurance check makes this dream possible, but racial intolerance of the early 1950s threatens to crush it. Directed by Walter Dallas, former Artistic Director of Freedom Theatre, the play stars Kash Goins, who makes his Arden debut, U.R., Lena Younger, and more at 40 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia.
Catch the world premiere of "Bonhoeffer," by local conductor Thomas Lloyd, this Sunday, March 10, 4pm, a moving, provocative libretto alternating with scenes of the theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer's dramatic life (returning to Germany to resist the Lutheran Church's capitulation to Germany's fascist government, falling in love, plotting to assassinate Adolf Hitler, arrest and execution in the weeks before the war's end). The performance features the men of The Crossing chamber choir and chamber orchestra, solo dancers Tim Early and Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch, and three Crossing soloists Maren Montalbano Brehm, Rebecca Hoke, and Rebecca Siler, conducted by Donald Nally, at Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, 3723 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. Free Parking for concert-goers directly across from the Cathedral, on 39th Street between Market and Chestnut.
Theatre Confetti (formerly Nice People Theatre Company) presents the Philadelphia premiere of "Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them," written by the Hodder Fellow in Playwrights at Princeton, A. Rey Pamatmat. The show is a provocative work that follows three adolescents growing up on an isolated farm in Middle America, stars Bi Jean Ngo, Justin Jain, and Steve Pacek, and runs through March 24 at The Power Plant Basement, 233 North Bread Street, Philadelphia.
LaSalle University Art Museum showcases the work of Charles Searles with "The Mask of Abstraction," an exhibit of 52 paintings, small-scale sculptures, and sketchbook drawings by the local African American artist, providing an overview of his artistic development, from his early figure drawings of the 1960s to his abstract paintings and sculptures of the 1970s and beyond. Loaned from private collections, his artwork reflects not only the changing social times during his career, but also his evolving vision as an individual inspired by Africa and other cultural traditions, on display March 11 through May 31 with related programming and events including an opening reception, March 13, 5-7pm, 1900 West Olney Avenue, Philadelphia.
Princeton University continues its tradition of nurturing poets with the 3rd Biennial Princeton Poetry Festival, Friday and Saturday, March 15-16. Coinciding with the New Jersey State Finals of Poetry Out Loud, the Festival features an international group of twelve poets from six countries across four continents, participating in readings and panel discussions organized by Princeton professor and poet Paul Muldoon, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, Princeton, New Jersey.
- Public Radio