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    Mamie Hansberry Comes to A Noise Within

    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…

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    Samantha Kofford: ‘Audiences Will Become Cognizant of What Happens After [Raisin]’

    Female directors are a rare species in Hollywood and in the theatre, but this year has repeatedly proven that women are more than capable of taking the reigns and producing a compelling story.  In the spirit of highlighting women in theatre, we sat down with Samantha Kofford, the assistant director for A Raisin in the Sun,…

  • Bridgette Ramirez

    A Song for Walter Lee Younger

    Ever heard a song that speaks to your soul? Music often has a way of expressing what you could never put into words. In the case of Walter Lee Younger, protagonist of A Raisin in the Sun, that song might be “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out.” Written by Jimmy Cox during the Roaring…

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    Family Night with the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools

    This spring, ANW has been delighted to work with students from Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Los Angeles. ANW’s Education team hosted a series of workshops on campus, teaching students about everything from set design to Shakespearean acting, sword work, and costume design. Then on the night of February 16th, 350 students and their family…

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    Move to the Rhythm: A Raisin Playlist

    Jeff Gardner, Composer/Sound Designer for A Raisin in the Sun, has assembled list of songs to set the mood for Lorraine Hansberry’s thought-provoking play about an African American family’s struggle with themselves and with their broken dreams in pre-Civil Rights America. Hailing from the rich musical tradition of protest in the early 1960s, the playlist below…

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    In Memory of John Lawrence

    Beloved former Board member and dear friend, John Keeler Lawrence, 77, died December 20, 2017 in Glendale, California. John was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 11, 1940, but he grew up in Hammondsport, the son of George and Mary Keeler Lawrence. His father was President of the Taylor Wine Company. His mother was…

  • Bridgette Ramirez

    Raisin is in Rehearsals

    First rehearsal: the moment that sets our show’s production into motion. The director, the designers, and the actors gather in one room for the first time to visualize how they want to bring the show to the stage. Everyone gets a taste of each other’s ideas and begins to connect different areas of production into…

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    Director’s Note for A Raisin in the Sun

    A Raisin in the Sun is arguably one of the greatest stage plays of the 20th century. According to American Theatre magazine, Raisin is one of the 10 most produced plays of the 2017-2018 theatre season*. This is not to suggest the frequency of the play’s viewings is proof of its value, rather it poses the…

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    Rock on to Henry V’s Playlist

    How does Resident Artist Rafael Goldstein step inside his character’s head? A rockin’ playlist. You too can gear up for Henry V  by listening to Rafael’s character playlist—a diverse collection of punk rock, hip-hop, rap, and classical symphonies that help him get in the zone for his role. “I listen to it while driving from Malibu…

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