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Mamie Hansberry Comes to A Noise Within


Mamie Hansberry, Charles Reese, and Nantille Hansberry Charbonnet. Photo by Brian Feinzimer.

By A Noise Within
March 5, 2018

On March 3, A Noise Within welcomed Mamie Hansberry and her daughter Nantille Hansberry Charbonnet to Opening Night for A Raisin in the Sun. We were thrilled to host the family members of playwright Lorraine Hansberry as we revive her most famous play. The sister of Lorraine and a visual artist, Mamie Hansberry bears witness to history, art, culture and her family’s civil rights legacy with actor and cultural architect, Charles Reese (BET’s Beauty and the Baller). 

For Mamie, her roots go deep into political activism and civil rights. Her father Carl Hansberry persevered in a legal battle against restrictive covenants that barred black families from moving into white neighborhoods, a struggle that inspired her sister Lorraine when she wrote A Raisin in the Sun. Lorraine Hansberry became the first African American to see her play on Broadway and participated in the struggle against racism, colonialism, and homophobia in the United States and abroad. Mamie has carried on her family’s legacy by telling their story in many spaces – including A Noise Within’s.

If you come on March 15 at 6pm for our performance, you can hear from Mamie Hansberry at The Charles Reese Experience and the Pasadena City College/Jackie Robinson Arts & Humanities Lecture Series present in conjunction with the A Noise Within Symposium Series: Mamie Hansberry. Tickets to the March 15th performance of Raisin are almost sold out, so buy today to save your spot to see Mamie and our show.

That’s not your only chance to see Mamie Hansberry! Pasadena City College is hosting An Intimate Conversation with Mamie Hansberry & Charles Reese preceding the film, Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/ Healing Heart on March 22 at 7pmLorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/ Healing Heart is a documentary that gives the first in-depth presentation of Hansberry’s complex life, using her personal papers and archives, including home movies and rare photos, as source material. The film explores the influences that shaped Hansberry’s childhood, future art and activism. Register here for the public screening with Mamie Hansberry.

Don’t miss your chance to hear from Mamie Hansberry in person! Act now, and secure your spot at both events.

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