Westport Country Playhouse and New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre, which will produce two works this season on similar themes and stories, are uniting to create an $80 ticket package for their respective productions: the 1959 classic “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry and the 2012 Tony Award and 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winner it inspired, “Clybourne Park,” by Bruce Norris.
Theater-goers will be able to purchase tickets to selected performances of both plays. The package can be purchased from either theater. The special offer is available through Sept. 7.
“To my knowledge, this is the first time we’ve crossed county lines to do a promotion of this sort,” said David B. Byrd, Westport Country Playhouse director of marketing. “We’re thrilled about this unique collaboration between two of our State’s flagship producing theaters in addition to raising the profile of these important productions.”
Phylicia Rashad will direct “A Raisin in the Sun” which will run Oct. 9 to Nov. 3.
Eric Ting, associate artistic director at Long Wharf Theatre will stage “Clybourne Park,” May 8 to June 2. The play “takes up where ‘A Raisin in the Sun leaves off. The action begins in 1959 in a small suburb of Chicago when a nervous group of neighbors are trying to talk their friends out of selling their home to a black family. Fast forward to the same house 50 years later when sparks fly as a white family attempts to move into the now predominantly African-American neighborhood.”
“A Raisin in the Sun” performances eligible for the offer Oct. 9 through, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m.; Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 17, at 2 p.m.
“Clybourne Park” performances eligible are:: May 8 at 7 p.m.; May 9 to 11 at 8 p.m.; May 12 at 7 p.m.; and May 14 at 7 p.m.
Information at Westport: 203-227-4177, toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or www.westportplayhouse.org; information at Long Wharf Theatre: 203-787-4282, or www.longwharf.orgCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun