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Release No. COC-11.10.15-Raisin
November 10, 2015

Theatre Department’s ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ Runs Nov. 13 to 22

The College of the Canyons Theatre Department will present the award-winning play ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ in the Black Box Theater at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center for a limited engagement running Nov. 13 to 22.

Written by Lorraine Hansberry, ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ is a domestic tragedy about dreams, which focuses on the Younger family’s struggles to deal with the oppressive circumstances that rule their lives. 

The title of the play references the poem ‘Harlem: A Dream Deferred’ by poet Langston Hughes, in which he asks a very important question about dreams and what happens when dreams are ignored or postponed.

The COC production of ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ will be directed by longtime College of the Canyons theatre faculty member Susan Hinshaw. Hinshaw’s previous college directing credits include ‘Reasons to be Happy,’ ‘Keely and Du,’ ‘A Doll’s House,’ ‘Love Letters’ and ‘Holiday Voices.’

“I'm excited to be able to offer this classic American play to our students and community members,” said Hinshaw. “It's an important chapter of American history which still resonates deeply today.”

The cast and crew of the production are comprised solely of COC theatre students. 

“This play was eye-opening in the 1950s and is still relevant today for individuals and families of all diversities,” said theatre student Renee Poignard, who has been cast in the role of family matriarch Lena Younger. 

Poignard, a retired senior and adult re-entry student who has enrolled at the college to pursue a degree in theatre, has a special affinity and connection for her role.

“I am so proud to be playing Lena Young, an African-American mother and grandmother,” Poignard said. “And proud of myself as a senior who is fulfilling my dream of going back to college.”

Performances are scheduled 8 p.m. Nov. 13, 14, 20 and 21. Matinee performances are scheduled 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15 and 22.

General admission tickets are $10. Students and seniors are $5.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at (661) 362-5304 or follow the link below.

About College of the Canyons Theatre 

The spring 2016 season will include productions of ‘Dog Sees God’ and the musical ‘In the Heights,’ as well as the 16th annual installment of the New Works Festival.  

Part of the college’s School of Visual and Performing Arts, the Theatre Department offers a highly regarded transfer program with three degree options available to students in the field of theatre.

Students interested in attending a performance or learning more about the program are encouraged to send an email to