Opening night of Soulpepper’s A Raisin in the Sun

By Ava Baccari, Photography courtesy of Soulpepper Theatre Company

Years and years ago (like 1951) African American poet Langston Hughes asked a point-blank question: What happens to a dream deferred? While flashbacks from grade nine English class prompt us along to subsequent questions- does it dry up/like a raisin in the sun?– director Weyni Mengesha stops here, taking the audience through a spectacularly contrived mulling-over of this notion on stage for the Soulpepper production of  A Raisin in the Sun, which opened last night.