Following the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre’s production of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, director Anthony J. Hamilton joins us to speak about the play and the playwright’s remarkable legacy. Hamilton will dissect the given circumstances of A Raisin in the Sun through a detailed excavation of Hansberry’s text, identifying of the timeless themes included in her work. Special attention will be directed toward cultural relevance (past and present), the life of Lorraine Hansberry, and the social context needed to understand the play’s content.
A Kalamazoo native, Hamilton obtained a B.A. from Western Michigan University and an M.F.A. from Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. He currently serves as Resident Artistic Associate and Teaching Artist for the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre and as Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Kalamazoo College. His directing credits include A Raisin in the Sun, Newsies, The Piano Lesson, 1940s Radio Hour, Into the Woods, and Once on this Island.