In February 2024, we invited patrons to join us for an evening of celebrating and amplifying Black voices and access to Black theatre for all audiences. In addition to a performance of A Raisin in the Sun, attendees enjoyed light refreshments at a pre-show social mixer, and an optional post-show conversation with Director, Lisa Strum, Dr. Cherrissa Gibson, Qadriyyah “Q” Tongori, and the cast!

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Post-Show Conversation With Dr. Cherrissa Gibson

Dr. Cherrissa Gibson
Dr. Cherrissa Gibson

Dr. Cherrissa Gibson
Director of Human Resources, Professional Development, and Equity Pennsbury School District

Dr. Cherrissa Gibson currently serves as the Director of Human Resources, Professional Development, and Equity for the Pennsbury School District. Dr. Gibson is responsible for coordinating and guiding all efforts to define, understand, assess, foster, and cultivate equity among the District’s students, faculty, and staff. Dr. Gibson’s motto is to “Invest in People.”

A Raisin in the Sun, fearlessly interrogates the American dream in the face of racial and economic challenge, one of the greatest plays ever written in the English language.”

A Raisin in the Sun
By Lorraine Hansberry

January 30, 2024 – February 18, 2024

1950s Chicago. The five members of the Younger family are each looking for ways to improve their lot through education, business, real estate, and sheer self-determination. The arrival of a long-awaited life insurance check promises life changing opportunities. But how to spend it best? Lorraine Hansberry’s masterpiece, A Raisin in the Sun, one of the greatest plays ever written in the English language, fearlessly interrogates the American dream in the face of racial and economic challenge.

Estimated Run Time: 3 hours (including one 15 minute intermission)

Classic • Tour De Force • Black Families


Black Theatre Night is part of our ongoing initiatives to create an inclusive and welcoming space for our diverse audiences.

About Black Theatre Night at BRT

  • Black Theatre Night affirms and celebrates Black-theatre makers. It is BRT’s intention to transcend barriers to storytelling by creating an environment that welcomes deeper cultural sensory experiences for our vibrant local Black community.
  • BRT strives to create an inclusive and welcoming space for our diverse audiences.
  • We are committed to producing and elevating the work of artists of color.
  • Through community outreach, we work collaboratively with our partners to make the event more widely accessible through reduced pricing.

Black Theatre Night History

  • Black theatre performances, originated in 2019 with Jeremy O. Harris’ Broadway hit Slave Play.
  • Black theatre performances have since spread to theaters in Boston, London, D.C, Philadelphia, and now Bristol, PA

“It’s not a ‘blacks only’ theatre performance, it’s an affinity night for black audience members to rectify the decades of exclusion from theaters in their communities. This is not segregation but an attempt at radically integrating a theatre-going audience that is underserved.”
– Jeremy O. Harris

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