Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Photos: Denise Burse, Richard Prioleau, Mia Ellis and More in A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Seattle Rep through October 30

Seattle Repertory Theatre is presenting the Timothy McCuen Piggee helmed A Raisin in the Sun, the classic Lorraine Hansberry’s drama starring Award-winning actor Denise Burse and Richard Prioleau as Lena Younger and Walter Lee. A Raisin in the Sun has performances through October 30, 2016 in the Bagley Wright Theatre. Tickets are on sale through the Seattle Rep Box Office at (206) 443-2222 and online at seattlerep.org.

Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako (Beneatha Younger), Mia Ellis (Ruth Younger), Denise Burse (Lena Younger), Catalino Manalang (Travis Younger), Richard Prioleau (Walter Lee) in A Raisin in the Sun at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Photo credit: Alan Alabastro

Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako (Beneatha Younger), Mia Ellis (Ruth Younger), Denise Burse (Lena Younger), Catalino Manalang (Travis Younger), Richard Prioleau (Walter Lee) in A Raisin in the Sun at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Photo credit: Alan Alabastro

The cast also features Tré Cotten as George Murchison; Andrew Lee Creech as Bobo; Ricardy Charles Fabre as Joseph Asagai; Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako as Beneatha Younger; Jalani Clemmons as Travis Younger; Catalino Manalang as Travis Younger; Charles Leggett as Karl Lindner; Brace Evans as a moving man; and Anthony Simmons as a moving man.

Mia Ellis (Ruth Younger) and Richard Prioleau (Walter Lee Younger) in “A Raisin in the Sun” at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Photo: Alan V. Alabastro

Mia Ellis (Ruth Younger) and Richard Prioleau (Walter Lee Younger) in “A Raisin in the Sun” at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Photo: Alan V. Alabastro

Lorraine Hansberry’s classic, which inspired Seattle Rep’s recent production of Clybourne Park, tells the story of African American Lena Younger who lives with her extended family in a cramped apartment on Chicago’s South Side. On their unknowing behalf, Lena places a down payment on a home in Clybourne Park-an affordable white neighborhood. Racial intolerance attempts to derail the family’s dreams in this 1959 masterpiece, which “changed American theater forever” (The New York Times) and continues to resonate generation after generation.

Richard Prioleau (Walter Lee), Mia Ellis (Ruth Younger), and Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako (Beneatha Younger) in A Raisin in the Sun at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Photo credit: Alan Alabastro

Richard Prioleau (Walter Lee), Mia Ellis (Ruth Younger), and Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako (Beneatha Younger) in A Raisin in the Sun at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Photo credit: Alan Alabastro

The creative team includes Michael Ganio, scenic design; Melanie Taylor Burgess, costume design; Robert J. Aguilar, lighting design; Matt Starritt, sound design; Geoffrey Alm, Fight Director; Alyssa Keene, Dialect Coach; Kristin Leahey, Dramaturg; Joi Gresham, Script Consultant.

Ricardy Charles Fabre (Joseph Asagai) and Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako (Beneatha Younger) in A Raisin in the Sun at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Photo credit: Alan Alabastro

Ricardy Charles Fabre (Joseph Asagai) and Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako (Beneatha Younger) in A Raisin in the Sun at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Photo credit: Alan Alabastro

Mia Ellis (Ruth Younger) Denise Burse (Lena Younger) and Catalino Manalang (Travis Younger) in A Raisin in the Sun at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Photo credit: Alan Alabastro

Mia Ellis (Ruth Younger) Denise Burse (Lena Younger) and Catalino Manalang (Travis Younger) in A Raisin in the Sun at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Photo credit: Alan Alabastro

Richard Prioleau (Walter Lee Younger) in “A Raisin in the Sun” at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Photo: Alan V. Alabastro

Richard Prioleau (Walter Lee Younger) in “A Raisin in the Sun” at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Photo: Alan V. Alabastro

Mia Ellis (Ruth Younger) and Richard Prioleau (Walter Lee Younger) in “A Raisin in the Sun” at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Alan V. Alabastro

Mia Ellis (Ruth Younger) and Richard Prioleau (Walter Lee Younger) in “A Raisin in the Sun” at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Photo: Alan V. Alabastro

Seattle Rep was founded in 1963 and is currently led by Artistic Director Braden Abraham and Managing Director Jeffrey Herrmann. One of America’s premier non-profit resident theatres, Seattle Repertory Theatre has achieved international renown for its consistently high production and artistic standards, and was awarded the 1990 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. With an emphasis on entertaining plays of true dramatic and literary worth, Seattle Rep produces a season of plays along with educational programs, new play workshops, and special presentations.

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Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com

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