TimeLine Theatre Company has announced a three-week extension of its acclaimed production of Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun,” directed by Ron OJ Parson. The show will now run through Dec. 7 at TimeLine’s home base at 615 W. Wellington. Tickets to the newly added performances will go on sale Oct. 10 at 12 p.m. Tickets to remaining performances during the original run are virtually sold out, with availability generally limited to TimeLine FlexPass subscribers and any tickets released due to last-minute exchanges and cancellations.
For the extension, the performance schedule is Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. (except no performance 12/4), Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. (except no performance 11/28 and 12/5), Fridays at 8 p.m. (also 3 p.m. on 11/29), Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. The production must close on Saturday, Dec. 7.
For tickets ($35-$48) phone (773) 281-8463, ext. 6 or visit www.timelinetheatre.com.
“A Raisin in the Sun” tells the story of an African-American family living in a crowded apartment on Chicago’s South Side during the 1950s. The cast, led by Greta Oglesby (Phylicia Rashad’s standby for the role of Lena Younger on Broadway), also includes Mildred Marie Langford, Wardell Julius Clark, Justin James Farley, Jerod Haynes, Alex Henderson, Toni Martin, Chris Rickett, Daryl Satcher and Oscar Vasquez.
NOTE: Three additional performances of “A Raisin in the Sun,” not available for sale to the general public, are scheduled on Dec. 3, 4 and 5 at 5:30 p.m. They will accommodate up to 300 students from the newly named Hansberry College Prep, located at 8748 S. Aberdeen in Chicago. The school, which opened in 2012 as Noble Auburn Gresham College Prep with more than 250 freshmen, has implemented a college prep curriculum and an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, and now serves a mainly low-income student body comprised of 500 students in 9th and 10th grades.
TimeLine is on a roll this fall. Among its other productions are::
± The remount of TimeLine’s 2010 hit, “To Master the Art,” by William Brown and Doug Frew, directed by William Brown, presented by the Chicago Commercial Collective and Broadway in Chicago, continues at the Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut St. through Oct. 20, 2013.
± “The Normal Heart,” by Larry Kramer, directed by Nick Bowling, featuring David Cromer in the lead role of Ned Weeks, will run Oct. 26 – Dec. 22. at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave.
Coming up later in the 2013-2014 TimeLine season will be:
± “The How and the Why,” by Sarah Treem, directed by Keira Fromm, running Jan. 28 – April 6, 2014 ata TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington.
± The Chicago premiere of “Juno,” book by Joseph Stein, music and lyrics by Marc Blitzstein, based on the play “Juno and the Paycock” by Sean O’Casey, directed by Nick Bowling with musical direction by Doug Peck and Elizabeth Doran. It will run April 23 – July 27, 2014 at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington.