Celebrating Black History Month with Performance of “A Raisin in the Sun” at Market Theatre

Media Advisory              
Embassy of the United States
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
For more information: Cynthia Harvey: harveycr@state.gov

The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria is sponsoring the South Africa premiere of “A Raisin in the Sun” at the historic Market Theatre in Johannesburg.  The play is directed by James Ngcobo and will be performed throughout February as part the Market Theatre’s 40th Anniversary Celebration.  The production also marks Black History Month, which the United States celebrates each February.

The U.S. Embassy and Market Theatre celebrated the collaboration at a performance for invited guests on February 9, 2016, at the Market Theatre.  U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Catherine Hill-Herndon and the Market Theatre Foundation’s CEO Kwanele Gumbi provided opening remarks.

Chargé d’Affaires Hill-Herndon said, ‘”A Raisin in the Sun”  brings to light the African American struggle for equality.  This is our fourth partnership with the Market Theatre, and we’re proud to work together to share this important part of U.S. history with South African audiences.  We thank Director James Ngcobo and the entire Market Theatre for working with us over the years to bring creative, compelling, and powerful productions such as this to the stage.’

Debuting on Broadway in 1959, “A Raisin in the Sun” was the first play produced on Broadway written by an African American woman.  It emerged at the height of the American civil rights movement and pays tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled against adversity to achieve full participation in American society.  “A Raisin in the Sun” remains relevant today in both the United States and South Africa as our societies continue to strive to ensure equal rights for all.

Funding for this project is a part of U.S. Embassy Pretoria’s ongoing support for educational and cultural exchange programs in South Africa.  These programs promote dialogue and encourage mutual understanding between Americans and South Africans.

For tickets to performances through February 28, 2016, please visit www.markettheatre.co.za.