On March 27, 2017, The Lab presented Dreams Deferred: Crossing Continents and Cultures with ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ in celebration of World Theatre Day.

Created in 1961, World Theatre Day is celebrated annually on March 27 by International Theatre Institute (ITI) Centers around the world and the international theater community. The Lab is the co-US Center of ITI. Each year, a renowned theater artist of world stature is invited to craft an International Message to mark the global occasion. Lab Think Tank member Kwame Kwei-Armah gave the 2017 US World Theatre Day address.

South African Ambassador Mninwa Mahlangu gives opening remarks. (Photo by Leslie E. Kossoff/Georgetown University)

The 2017 one-night event in Gaston Hall explored explored the resonance of the classic play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry in three different cultural contexts – South Africa, Sweden, and the United States – as well as the larger cross-current themes of racial equality and justice, the legacies of Hansberry, the Civil Rights Movement, and Apartheid. It included remarks from Ambassador Mninwa Mahlangu, Embassy of South Africa, Linda Zachrison, Cultural Counselor, Embassy of Sweden, and Joi Gresham, Director and Trustee, Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust, as well as a discussion with Josette Bushell-Mingo, OBE, Artistic Director, Riksteatern, James Ngcobo, Artistic Director, Market Theatre, Lab Think Tank member Kwame Kwei-Armah, and Campus Cohort Professor Soyica Colbert, among others.


The Lab will be presenting a one-night event in March of 2018. Details coming soon.

Lizan Mitchell and Will Cobbs perform a scene from Arena Stage’s production of A Raisin in the Sun. (Photo by Leslie E. Kossoff/Georgetown University)