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Center Stage, The Raisin Cycle

With the programming for his first full season as artistic director of Center Stage, Kwame Kwei-Armah declared that his tenure would be bold, challenging, and directed right at the core issues facing Baltimore. And none of his choices did so more than the so-called Raisin Cycle, which included Clybourne Park, Bruce Norris’ response to Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, and Beneatha’s Place, Kwei-Armah’s response to Clybourne Park. The two plays, expertly presented with nearly identical casts, ask vital questions about race, place, and ownership—the very same issues confronted in the constantly changing landscapes and demographics of Charm City.

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