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BY LORRAINE HANSBERRY DIRECTED BY ROBERTA EMERSON

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NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR “Universality, I think, emerges from truthful identity of what is.” This comment was made by Lorraine Hansberry in a radio interview with Studs Terkel in 1959 while discussing why A Raisin in the Sun, while obviously being a groundbreaking Black play, managed to transcend the racial divide and reach a much wider and diverse set of theatergoers. More than anything, perhaps, it is this need to ensure this production is a ‘truthful identity of what is’ that has guided my hand in putting it on the Garden stage. What was true in the 1950s setting the author crafted? What is true today? Where are those truths the same, and where have they differed? What does the universality of these characters still have to say to us, and make this not only a pertinent piece for presentation in 2021, but also a catalyst for change so desperately called for in ever-increasing volume in these turbulent times? I resonate with these characters and their stories, not because I share any particular character’s background (as Ms. Hansberry herself freely admitted to as well), but rather because these characters all have dreams. Individual dreams. Family dreams. Dreams of a better life for themselves and their children. Dreams wherein the “American Dream” was both attainable and relevant. This production is a dream for me – the first Black female director to produce the first production written by a Black female playwright on a major Central Florida stage. I admit it gives me hope. Hope that issues long left ineffectively addressed in our industry (and elsewhere) will

be drug out into the light of day. Hope that empowerment and equality will allow all to be evaluated on their merits and achievements, as opposed to their color or sex. I unashamedly tell you I wept this year at the inauguration as I was able to honestly say to my daughters for the very first time, “See, you can become whatever you choose to become.” This is what the characters in today’s play were striving for in their hoping and dreaming as well; and it is in this truthful identity and owning of ourselves and our personal hopes and dreams that we imbue these characters we portray with the universality this play deserves. Today we celebrate our stories, and joyfully draw the circle wide enough to include each of you as we acknowledge your inclusion in the celebration. It is a dream come true. It is the hope so many of us have longed for. And, it is freeing. In discussing A Raisin in the Sun with the New York Times Ms. Hansberry said that “one of the reasons I feel so free is that I belong to a world majority, and a very assertive one.” That was over sixty years ago, and much like Mama Younger she likely knew she would never see all her dreams fulfilled. It is likely I might not either. Yet, perhaps for my daughters it will be. That is why this play matters. That is why these characters matter. That is why we each matter. It is our truthful identity, and I thank you for pondering that as you witness today’s production. Roberta Emerson, Director

SPECIAL THANKS Garden Theatre would like to thank these extraordinary partners, without whom this production of A Raisin in the Sun would not be possible: Christopher Payen; John Coleman Walsh; Tay Anderson; FX Design Group; 1st Choice Door & Millwork; Toole’s Ace Hardware; and the City of Winter Garden. There will be one 15-minute intermission. As a courtesy to our performers and audience members, please mute and put away all cell phones and other personal electronic devices during the show. Smoking of any kind, including e-cigarettes, is prohibited within the building. To best protect the health and safety of everyone at the Garden, masks are required to be worn at all times inside the building. When in public areas such as the lobby and restrooms, please distance yourself from other guests.


THE CAST (In order of appearance) Ruth Younger...................................................................................Da’Zaria Harris Travis Younger...................................................................................Omari Pernell Walter Lee Younger....................................................................... Durell R. Brown Beneatha Younger...................................................................Ambria M. Benjamin Lena Younger.......................................................................................Jade L. Jones Joseph Asagai / Mover....................................................................Matthew Zenon George Murchison / Mover..............................................................Mackenley Ria Bobo / Mover......................................................................................Kadesh Lewis Karl Lindner.......................................................................................... Bobbie Bell

SETTING The Younger family’s apartment on Chicago’s Southside

TIME Early 1950s

THE PRODUCTION TEAM Director........................................................................................ Roberta Emerson Scenic Designer.........................................................................Tramaine Berryhill Lighting Designer................................................................................Kathy Wiebe Costume Designer............................................................................. Kat Henwood Sound Designer..........................................................................Anthony Narciso* Associate Sound Designer.......................................................... Anthony Marshall Original Music............................................ Anthony Narciso*, Anthony Marshall Properties Master.................................................................................Erica Felton Stage Manager..................................................................................... Kelly Lemos Assistant Stage Manager........................................................................ Kali Pierce Master Electrician............................................................................ David Clenney Carpenter................................................................................John Phillip Sublette Carpenter..........................................................................................Justin Harmon Scenic Artist..................................................................................... Amber Teicher Costume Crew Chief...................................................................... Gabe Gutierrez *Member, United Scenic Artists

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Who’s Who in The Cast BOBBIE BELL (Karl Lindner) is happy to again serve the Garden Theatre. His previous work here was directing 1984 and performing the role of Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. Bobbie has worked for the past 38 years in Central Florida as a director, actor, playwright, composer, and teacher. His most recent work elsewhere was acting in Jeremy Seghers’ The Bacchae and composing three hours of original music for Mad Cow Theatre’s The Women of Pompeii project. He dedicates his work to friends and mentors Dr. Annye Refoe and Dr. Stephen Wright with a special shout out to young Noah for whom the world awaits. AMBRIA M. BENJAMIN (Beneatha Younger) is a senior in the Montverde Academy Theatre Conservatory. Whether collaborating with a cast on stage, or a creative team behind the scenes, Ambria treasures the opportunity to engage in theatre any way she can. Of the many roles she’s played, her favorites are: the title character in The Drowsy Chaperone, Jovie in Elf: The Musical, Francine/Lena in Clybourne Park, and Minnie Fay in Hello, Dolly! (Garden Theatre). DURELL R. BROWN (Walter Lee Younger) started his journey back into the world of theater in November 2019 at the Playwrights Roundtable in Orlando acting in Sheba as the title character and in The Satin Worshippers as Buster. Not long after, Durell was cast in the film Unity: Bittersweet Symphony playing Deacon Rogers where he received a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Orlando Independent Film Festival. During Halloween 2020, Durell played Sarge at the Tunnel of the Damned Haunted Experience. Once a month, Durell can be seen playing a different character in Something New Studio’s murder mystery shows. So far Durell has played Mayor Holland Opus in Calling Elizabeth, Chuck Salvadorin in The Ferry Boat, and Vito Marscapone in A Family Affair. Durell’s most recent work was playing Felix/Moriarty in The Game’s Afoot and Dale in Outpost. He is extremely grateful for the opportunity to be a part of A Raisin in the Sun. DA’ZARIA HARRIS (Ruth Younger) Da’Zaria Harris (formerly known as Danielle Harris) is a Florida-based actress. After graduating from American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC she has performed in many productions. Some performances include Once on This Island at Theater West End, Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees at Universal Studios Orlando, Brightstar Touring Theatre’s Black History National Tour, her recent performance as Truvy Jones in St. Luke’s Theater production of Steel Magnolias, and her latest appearance as Julia Felix in Women of Pompeii, a production by Mad Cow Theater in partnership with the Orlando Museum of Art and Orlando Science Center’s exhibit “Pompeii: The Immortal City.” She is beyond grateful to be back on stage in her debut performance here at Garden Theatre and honored to tell such a powerful story. continued on page 9

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Who’s Who in The Cast JADE L. JONES (Lena Younger) is a singer and actress. With a passion for entertainment, she rejoined the community theatre family with Cultural Fusion’s production of Crowns. She has successfully portrayed Celestina Warbeck in Universal Studios’ Diagon Alley. Jade debuted her first lead role with Athens Theater in Deland as Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act. This UCF graduate is a native Floridian with a passion for the arts, and seeks to make a positive impact in the entertainment community. She was recently named among Matt Palm’s Best of 2020 actresses. After spending most of 2019 with Garden Theatre, Jade is happy to be back home! KADESH LEWIS (Bobo / Mover) is so pleased to be returning to the Garden Theatre stage in this amazing production of A Raisin in the Sun! You may remember him in a few past productions, such as Matilda and Hello, Dolly!. When he is not on stage, you can be sure he is working diligently in the wings. Kadesh spends his days building the sets for Theatre Winter Haven shows and as a scenic carpenter for entertainment complexes across the country. He would like to give a special thanks to Roberta, Joe, the production staff, and the Garden Theatre for giving him this opportunity, along with the cast and crew for being truly amazing! Enjoy the show! OMARI PERNELL (Travis Younger) is very excited to be a part of this production of such an instrumental play. He is a fourth grade, straight A student at Renaissance Charter School at Crown Point. Omari has been seen around Central Florida in productions of Mary Poppins as Michael Banks, Big Fish as Little Will, The Lion King as Little Simba, Children of Eden, Aladdin Jr. as Iago, and Seussical Jr. as the Mayor. He also enjoys reading, dancing, and playing video games. Omari would like to thank his parents and Grammy for all of their love and support. MACKENLEY RIA (George Murchison / Mover) is currently a senior at the University of Central Florida in the B.F.A. Musical Theatre program. This is his Garden Theatre debut! He was last seen doing a virtual reading in UCF’s production of How to Catch Creation. Other theatre credits include Singin’ in the Rain (Sound Engineer/Ensemble), Kill Move Paradise (U/S Daz, U/S Tiny), In the Heights (Ensemble), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Twimble/Wally Womper), and more. Other than being a triple threat, Mackenley has also been honing his craft in piano and music composition. He hopes to one day gain another degree in music production and create his own songs.

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Who’s Who in The Cast MATTHEW ZENON (Joseph Asagai / Mover) is a theatre student at UCF and is thrilled to be back at the Garden. Asagai is a dream role for Zenon. This is because of the character’s complexity and what Asagai symbolizes in terms of the struggle. Zenon would like to thank his friends, family and God for always supporting him - even when he’s acting a fool.

Who’s Who in The Production Team ROBERTA EMERSON (Director) is a Director, Actor and Producer, and teacher among many other hats she proudly wears. She is a graduate of both the University of Minnesota with a B.F.A. in Acting and Theatre Management and New York University with an M.F.A. in Acting. She has worked as an actor and director in many regional theaters around the country, has done extensive voice over commercial and film work, and has been a teaching artist both stateside and in Europe. She is currently the Director of Theatre for Montverde Academy’s Theatre Conservatory and is repped by Lock Talent. TRAMAINE BERRYHILL (Scenic Designer) is a Miami native with 15 years of creating live experiences. His recent design work has been in the live meetings and corporate events industry. “I am looking forward to being back in the Theatre. I like to think of scenery as building playhouses out of the ideas of playwrights, directors, and designers. We create a three dimensional, functional space for us to play in. A space where as we play, artists further develop and analyze the relationships, economics, injustices, happiness, and pains that we experience in our communities. As an active member in my community I want to have a direct effect on the advancement of our craft, because of its power in the community.” KATHY WIEBE (Lighting Designer) is a contracted Technical Director for Norwegian Cruise Lines show Elements and Blazing Boots in the Star Dust Theater. Past credits: Technical Director for Montverde Academy, Lighting Design for Jolly Holidays in the round at Walt Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Lighting Design for the Polynesian Luau at the Walt Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Technical Director, and Lighting Designer for Orlando’s Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of Back to Broadway. Kathy is very excited to be part of this relevant show at the Garden Theatre! KAT HENWOOD (Costume Designer) is delighted to be working on her first production at Garden Theatre. Her work was most recently seen at Mad Cow Theatre in Last Train to Nibroc and The Spitfire Grill. Some of her favorite productions include The White Snake with ReAct Theater, Clybourne Park at Montverde Academy, and Pippi Longstocking with Bellevue Youth Theatre. She looks forward to many more productions with Garden Theatre in the future! ANTHONY NARCISO (Sound Designer / Original Music) is a Sound Designer and Composer based out of Orlando, FL. Anthony routinely designs for Norwegian Cruise Lines, Garden Theatre, Theatre at St. Luke’s, Auburn University, and Orlando REP as their seasonal continued on page 13

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Who’s Who in The Production Team designer. He previously served as sound designer for the Texas Shakespeare Festival from 20132018. Recent credits include Vote? and Pete the Cat at Orlando REP; Children of Eden and Mary Poppins at St Luke’s; Hello, Dolly! and Ugly Lies the Bone at Garden Theatre; and Bring it On the Musical at Auburn University. Anthony is a proud member of United Scenic Artists. ANTHONY MARSHALL (Associate Sound Designer / Original Music) is a sound engineer and designer from Orlando, FL. He is part of the Orlando Repertory Theatre staff as the Lighting and Sound Coordinator. In addition to The REP, Anthony has worked with Valencia College, Theatre at St. Luke’s, The Master’s Academy, and Loxen Productions. Recent credits include In the Heights, Mary Poppins, and #ENOUGH. ERICA FELTON (Properties Master) got her start in theatre as a scenic carpenter apprenticing at Ocean State Theatre Company in Rhode Island and Hartford Stage Company in Connecticut. Selected previous credits include Because of Winn-Dixie at Goodspeed Musicals; The Wiz and Bonnie & Clyde at the Henegar Center; The Age of Innocence and A Lesson From Aloes at Hartford Stage; Billy Elliot the Musical, Little Women the Musical, and Doubt at Ocean State; Tarzan the Musical, A Few Good Men, and The Producers at Titusville Playhouse. KELLY LEMOS (Stage Manager) is a recent graduate from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) with a B.F.A. in Stage Management. She also graduated locally from Dr. Phillips High School in 2016 under the direction of Roberta Emerson. She has accomplished internships with Cirque Du Soleil, Walt Disney World, Universal Creative, and more and is excited to be back home in Orlando! KALI PIERCE (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be joining the team at the Garden Theatre! Recently Kali has been the resident Stage Manager at Theater West End since summer of 2019. She has also enjoyed working at the Norwegian Cruise Line Creative Studios, the Orlando Repertory Theatre, SeaWorld Orlando, and Walt Disney World. Special thanks to her family and friends for their support. Slàinte! DAVID CLENNEY (Master Electrician) has been a part of the Garden since La Cage aux Folles, and is working on his 32nd show with the company. As a native of Orlando he has thoroughly enjoyed participating in the growth of the theatre community in the area. David attended Seminole State and the University of Central Florida. He would like to thank his family, friends, and you for your support of the arts. JOHN PHILLIP SUBLETTE (Carpenter) is ecstatic to continue his first season at the Garden Theatre with the construction of A Raisin in the Sun. John holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Florida State University, and is an avid performing artist aside from his work in technical theatre. He has performed in orchestras, operas, and musicals in Central Florida, and most recently appeared in Opera Orlando’s production of Die Fledermaus. Whether on stage or behind the scenes, John loves theatre!

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Who’s Who in The Production Team JUSTIN HARMON (Carpenter) is excited to build another set for the Garden Theatre! Justin graduated from Valencia College’s Entertainment Design & Technology program in 2018. Justin also freelances around Orlando, working many shows at multiple venues and music festivals. In his free time, Justin enjoys bowling and playing video games. AMBER TEICHER (Scenic Artist) has been a scenic artist in Orlando for the last 10 years. Her work can be seen at many theaters throughout Florida including the Orlando Repertory Theatre and Orlando Shakes, as well as Universal Studios and Disney. She recently painted a mural for Atlanta Aquarium and worked on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. This is her first show at the Garden and she is excited to be here. GABE GUTIERREZ (Costume Crew Chief) This is Gabe’s third production at the Garden Theatre! Other dresser credits include Hello, Dolly! and Matilda (Garden Theatre) and Pete the Cat (Orlando REP). Gabe works full time at Universal in Entertainment Costuming while studying at Valencia College for an Entertainment Production Design degree.

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Rebecca Roper Proscenium Arch There is a physical space in the theatre that serves as a bridge between the audience and the actors. It is called a proscenium arch - a gateway and connector. The proscenium of the Garden is named in honor of our Founding Board President’s 18 years of volunteer service, leadership and a passion for the arts that changed a community.

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S.C. Battaglia Foundation State of Florida Historic Preservation SunTrust The Bond Foundation The Brown Family Foundation The Martin Andersen-Gracia Andersen Foundation The Roper Family Foundation, Inc. Tim’s Wine Market United Arts of Central Florida Universal Orlando Foundation Valencia College Valencia Foundation Walt Disney World Dr. William and Phaedra Steele Ward Britt Family Winifred and Joel Sharp West Orange Junior Service League

Luminary Circle ($2,000+ Gifts)

AdventHealth Winter Garden Anthony and Joan Colandrea Becky Roper Bob and Dianna Duffy Charities Aid Foundation of America Christina McGuirk City of Winter Garden David and Joyce Romano David and Lyn Berelsman Dr. Jeffery Redding Duke Energy George A Kalogridis and Andrew Hardy Greg Mason

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Ray Fournier and Clint Connor Roper Family Foundation Shellie-Ann and Allie Braswell Susan Haugen Todd and Lesley Wheeler United Arts of Central Florida Wayne Weinberg and Amy Pempel Wendy and Bob Givoglu Wesley and Mark Catlett-Miller William and Nancy Yarger William and Reema and Finley Hayden

Producer’s Club ($1,000+ Gifts) Ingeborg Gross Joseph Warren Les Josephson

Mike and Vicki Gillett Pamela Nulman Renee and Kenneth Mayhew

Rosemary O’shea Ryan and Amanda Hinricher

Featured Star ($500+ Gifts) Amy Sue Lambert B A and Clifford B Ayer III Benjamin Patz Bettina Buckley Brian, Matt and Madison McGrew Donna and Keith Van Allen James and Sarah Martin

Jean Boone Jim & Jane Meyer Charitable Gift Foundation John and Audrey Ruggieri Joseph Dunn Leslie Temmen

Maria Rubin Network for Good Phyllis and Leighton Yates Susan Murphy The Benevity Community Impact Fund William Mann

Resident Artist ($150+ Gifts) Actors’ Equity Foundation Adam Graham Alice Williams and Debbie Zutter Allan and Jane Clayman Amazon Hose and Rubber Company Andrea Canny Angela Pryor Anita Jackson Anne Delvillano April England Arielle Schmidt Barbara Whittier Beth and Thomas Raterman Bill Kercher Blaine Strickland Carolyn Bourne Chris Randazzo and Frank Alexander Clayton Rice Danielle Hollander Debra Mauget George and Ann Green Gregory Kelsoe Irv Lipscomb Jack Chen James and Deborah Balaschak James Plugh and Robin M Back

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JOIN OUR GARDEN PATRON PROGRAM As a non-profit organization working to inspire a discovery in each of us through innovative, impactful, and inclusive theatrical experiences and community partnerships, the Garden Theatre receives only 50% of its annual revenues from ticket sales. The remaining 50% comes in the form of donations from people just like you! Help support our work by contributing to our sustainability as well as impactful artistic experiences for all cast, crew, audiences, volunteers, students, and others involved in our vital programs. MAKE A GIFT OF ANY AMOUNT We invite you to join the Garden Patron Program and receive a variety of exclusive opportunities to interact with our artists and to experience first-hand the work you make possible. • L  uminary Circle ($2,000+ Gifts) - Gain the richest experience with personalized access to the creative process. • Producer’s Club ($1,000+ Gifts) - Host friends prior to a performance with a private pre-show reception in Garden’s fabulous mezzanine. • Featured Star ($500+ Gifts) - Enjoy individualized customer service, plus invites to backstage tours and cast meet-and-greets. • Resident Artist ($150+ Gifts) - Deepen your access with invitations to season-opening celebrations and private events throughout the season. ROOT DONORS Just as roots are vital to a garden’s growth, our Root Donors are vital to Garden Theatre’s prosperity. Donors who are acknowledged through permanent recognition on our donor tree have contributed $5,000 or above to the Garden Theatre Restoration Campaign between 2004 and January 15, 2015, OR have bestowed a one-time cash donation of at least $10,000. The gifts of these donors contribute to future developments and growth of the Garden Theatre for years to come. T H R E E WAY S T O G I V E : 1. Donate online at gardentheatre.org/donate 2. Mail a check to 160 West Plant Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787 3. Email development@gardentheatre.org

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Community Partners

EDGEWATER HOTEL Garden Theatre is supported in part by individual donors; the Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program; the State of Florida, Department of State, division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council of Arts and Culture; and United Arts of Central Florida, home of OrlandoAtPlay.com and UAArtsEd.com.

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United Arts Donor Recognition - 2020 United Arts of Central Florida, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, supports more than 60 arts and cultural organizations by raising and distributing funds, securing and facilitating contracts for services, including life-changing K to 12th-grade educational programming, and providing technical assistance and administrative and advisory services. Since its inception, United Arts has invested more than $162 million in local arts and cultural organizations, and through them, the diverse Central Florida community. United Arts is deeply grateful to all of its donors and community partners for their investment in and support of Central Florida’s nonprofit creative industry and the enormous impact it has on our lives each and every day.

Corporate and Government Donors Trustees ($100,000+) City of Orlando and Employees Darden Restaurants, Inc. and the Darden Restaurants Foundation Orange County, Florida and Employees Orange County Public Schools and Employees University of Central Florida Walt Disney World Resort, The Walt Disney Company Foundation and Employees Associate Trustees ($50,000 - $99,999) Bank of America Duke Energy, the Duke Energy Foundation and Employees Florida Blue Florida Department of State Lowndes and Employees Mary Palmer & Associates, LLC The Massey Services Family and Team Members - Andrea Massey-Farrell and James Farrell Chairman’s Circle ($25,000 - $49,999) Embrace Families CBC Frontline Insurance, Lanier and LaVoyce Porter Orlando Magic and Employees Wells Fargo and Employees

President’s Circle ($10,000 - $24,999) City of Winter Park Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Orlando Health OUC - The Reliable One and Employees The School District of Osceola County Synexus Universal Orlando and the Universal Orlando Foundation Platinum Circle ($7,500 - $9,999) University of Florida Gold Circle ($5,000 - $7,499) CITY Commercial - Heidi and Lee Zerivitz Crystal Photonics Dean Mead Employees Fifth Third Bank KPMG, LLP and Employees Publix Super Markets Charities Tupperware Brands Silver Circle ($2,500 - $4,999) Amazon Hose & Rubber Company Baker Barrios Architects, Inc. Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, PC Employees Ernst & Young LLP Fairwinds Credit Union and Employees MSL CPAs & Advisors

Orlando Science Center Employees United Arts of Central Florida Employees The Vaughn Group WBQ Design & Engineering, Inc. Bronze Circle ($1,000 - $2,499) ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Chepenik Financial Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc. Different Perspective Give.Local.Love Hubbard Construction Company Jill S. Schwartz & Associates, P.A. Jill S. Schwartz Knit and Stitch Meritage Homes Pineloch Management Corporation Premiere Show Group Rockwell Automation Rollins College Sara Brady Seay Business Solutions, LLC Six The Agency Stonebridge Financial Planning Group, LLC Valencia College

Gifts as of June 30, 2020

We thank the following corporations and individuals for their in-kind donations and services: Lindsay Abt, Ernst & Young LLP; Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts; Enzian; Linda Ferrone, OUC - The Reliable One; Stephanie Ghertner, Darden Restaurants; Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando; iHeart Media; Mark A. Jones, Orlando Health; Brendan Lynch, Lowndes; Mears Transportation; Daniel J. O’Keefe, MSL CPAs & Advisors; Orlando Shakes; Silver Bullet Tech Pros LLC; Watermark Publishing Group Inc.

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Garden Theatre Staff & Board of Directors STAFF Joseph C. Walsh Artistic Director

Brian Fallon Event Manager

Kim Kiraly Volunteer Coordinator

Elisa Spencer-Kaplan Managing Director

Jim Zervas Technical Director

Box Office Associates

Jason Golinsky Production Manager

Candice Bailey Manager of Integrated Communications

Sue Foster

Evan Valle Front of House and Company Manager

Crystal Gross Accountant Jana Goupil Group Sales Manager

Nick Bazo Education Director Janet Haddock Manager of Design and Advertising

Lori Weaver Grants Specialist

Mary Jones Shelley Malone House Managers

Kim Kiraly Erica Nowak Lori Pello Kristen Pena Devin Scott

Chris Cutillar Digital Specialist

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chair Ray Fournier Walt Disney World Resort® Vice Chair Wes Catlett-Miller Wiley Treasurer Keith Davenport Production Executive, Public & Private Sector Events Secretary Susan Haugen Stetson University

Wendy Givoglu Valencia College Andrew Hardy Disney Cruise Line

Keith Smith The Walt Disney Company

Larry Henrichs Visit Orlando (Retired)

Wayne Weinberg Rollins College

Matthew E. Jassak Foley & Lardner LLP

Todd Wheeler Wheeler Projects, Inc.

Meka King and Felichia Chivaughn Central Florida Entertainment Advocacy (CFEA)

Emeritus Trustees:

James Mallonee House of Blues Entertainment

Jo Ann Ankoviak AdventHealth Apopka / Winter Garden Allie Braswell The Braswell Group

Bill Hayden Universal Orlando

Greg Mason Orlando Economic Partnership Christina McGuirk Health Central Hospital Dr. Jeffery Redding University of Central Florida

Founding Board President Becky Roper Pilars Martini Barbara Roper Contour Groves Junior Board Members Aiden Bjortvedt Caitriona Fallon Valarie Kutemeier

David J. Romano, Ph.D. Barry University

With Many Thanks to our Wonderful Volunteers!

A Raisin in the Sun

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A Raisin in the Sun | Garden Theatre  

By Lorraine Hansberry Directed by Roberta Emerson What happens to a dream deferred? In the South Side of Chicago, a poor black family strug...

A Raisin in the Sun | Garden Theatre  

By Lorraine Hansberry Directed by Roberta Emerson What happens to a dream deferred? In the South Side of Chicago, a poor black family strug...