Starting this weekend, PlayMakers Repertory Company will join the conversation confronting issues of gentrification in Chapel Hill.
It has chosen two plays with the goal of bringing the community closer together.
“A Raisin in the Sun,” written 50 years ago by Lorraine Hansberry, and “Clybourne Park,” written by Bruce Norris in 2009 as a response to “Raisin,” are being performed in rotating repertory through next month.
Joseph Haj, producing artistic director at PlayMakers, said the plays were chosen because they are a natural rotating repertory, and they have direct connections to Chapel Hill.
“When we look at the Northside neighborhood and the complications historically around black neighborhoods and gentrification that goes on, these issues fit squarely into the themes of both of these plays,” Haj said.
Raelle Myrick-Hodges, director of “Raisin,” said her goal in directing the show was to have people leave with a vivid conception of Hansberry.
“The production is an homage to a 28-year-old African-American female who was unpublished in 1959,” Hodges said.
“We also pay homage to the diversity of the African-American community by not assuming that this is the archetype of every family.”
Myrick-Hodges said she hopes “Raisin” makes people question their beliefs about women, minorities and gentrification.