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Welcome home National Players Tour 72 with a week of pay-what-you-can performances of their two-show repertory.

The members of the Younger family dream bigger than the small house where they live on the south side of Chicago in the 1950s. When their deceased father’s insurance money comes through, those dreams might actually become reality. Walter Lee wants to run his own business and earn financial independence, but his sister Beneatha dreams of attending medical school. Meanwhile, their mother Lena wants to move them all to a bigger home in a white neighborhood. What will finally allow the Youngers to move up in the world, and who will have their dreams deferred? National Players is honored to portray this award-winning drama with a universal story about an African American family dealing with prejudice, history, and a world where everything changes.

Running in rep with A Midsummer Night's Dream

Lorraine Hansberry 

Directed by
Christopher Michael Richardson

Set Designer
Ethan Sinnott

Costume Designer
Jen Gillette

Lighting Designer
Sarah Tundermann

Sound Designer
Roc Lee

Stage Manager
Phillip Snyder

Sarah Kiker

Director of Production
Josiane M. Jones

Community Engagement & Touring Coordinator
Rebecca Dzida

Associate Artistic Director and Casting Director
Jenna Place

Artistic Director of National Players
Jason King Jones

Violence and Intimacy Choreography
Lorraine Ressegger-Slone

2021-2022 Season
Part of the 2021-2022 Season


  • Jordan Essex

    Joseph Asagai
  • Savannah Gomez

    Lena Younger
  • Ariya Hawkins

    Beneatha Younger
  • Max Johnson

    Karl Lindner
  • Melanie A. Lawrence

    Ruth Younger
  • Lorenzo Miguel

  • Walter C. A. Riddle

    Walter Lee Younger
  • Taylor Ryan Rivers

    Travis Younger
  • Sabrina Lynne Sawyer

    Mrs. Johnson
  • Phillip Snyder

    Stage Manager

About National Players

Celebrating its 72nd season, National Players is a unique ensemble bringing innovative theater to communities large and small across the United States. Founded in 1949, National Players stimulates youthful imagination and critical thinking by presenting classic plays in invigorating ways for modern audiences.

National Players is the hallmark outreach program of Olney Theatre Center. A model for artistic collaboration and national education outreach, National Players embodies the Olney Theatre Center educational pedagogy: to unleash the creative potential in our audiences and artists and to stimulate individual empowerment. National Players exemplifies these goals by presenting self-sustained productions of Shakespeare and other classics to learners of all ages and in all environments. Through performances and integrated educational programs, National Players empowers these learners to build stronger communities through artistic collaboration.

Health and Safety

We ask that if you are experiencing symptoms, please stay home. Use this CDC symptom checklist to see if you need to quarantine or get tested.

Masks and proof of COVID vaccination are required to attend for all patrons. Exemptions may be made for those who are not vaccinated, such as children under 5, people with certain medical conditions preventing vaccination, or those with closely held religious beliefs. These patrons must provide proof of a timely negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours or a rapid antigen test taken within six hours of showtime. Feel free to email with questions. email with questions. 

Visit our Health and Safety page for our latest policies to keep you safe as we return to the stage!

A Raisin In The Sun*

June 2 - June 4 2022

Box Office: 301.924.3400

Open Wednesday - Sunday: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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