Thursday, January 21, 2010

In the Wings: A Raisin in the Sun. Meet Ebony Kennedy.

Ebony Kennedy plays Ruth Younger in A Raisin in the Sun, the third production of the 2009-2010 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Lorraine Hansberry.

Ebony was encouraged to audition for the production by John David Collier, one of her colleagues at work and the director of Civic Theatre's production of A Christmas Story.

Ebony described Ruth as a woman who does everything she can to support her family and to ensure its success.

"Ruth is very tired and beaten up by life because everything she does is to make sure her family is supported," she said. "No matter how much Walter beats her up verbally, she is constantly supportive of him. Although she's often reserved and even soft-spoken, she is a very strong woman. She puts up with a lot. There are a few times in the play she breaks down, but she has a lot of emotional control."

Ebony concluded by suggesting what the audience will remember about the production.

"The audience will see that this isn't a play that was meant to be relevant only in the 1950s. A lot of the issues in the play are still very relevant in 2010," she said. "I hope people will make those connections and question that although times have changed somewhat, have we really moved that far from where we were then?"

A Raisin in the Sun runs three consecutive weekends from Friday, January 29 to Sunday, February 14 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Shows on Friday and Saturday evenings begin at 8:00 p.m., shows on Sunday afternoons begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth age 18 and under.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site,

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