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A Raisin in the Sun Celebrates Black History Month at the Ft. Harrison Hotel Featured

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The cast of A Raisin in the Sun with Harlem Nights Producer Maurice Mickens, Director Rory Lawrence, Pat Harney, Public Affairs Director for the Church of Scientology, and members of the North Greenwood Community Coalition – Photo by Chris ConnellOn February 6th, Harlem Nights Productions, the Mt. Carmel Community Development Corporation of Clearwater, Inc. and the North Greenwood Community Coalition came together to celebrate Black History Month with A Raisin in the Sun, the classic Loraine Hansberry play depicting an African American family about to receive an insurance check, and their struggle to agree how best to use this gift to improve their situation.

A Raisin in the Sun was performed by RL Productions, a local acting troupe which “enables local aspiring actors and actresses to display their craft before live audiences.” The play was performed in the auditorium of the historic Fort Harrison, recently restored to its pre-World War II splendor by the Church of Scientology. Director Rory Lawrence has directed several plays in the Tampa Bay area, with two more on the way, Between Calls and Neighbors.

The purpose of Harlem Nights Productions is, “to provide resources of funding to the North Greenwood Community here in Clearwater, as well as other communities in the Tampa Bay Area,” Executive Producer, Maurice Mickens and Sherry Van Hootegem, the Director of Organization concurred “And, we do this by providing high quality entertainment in incredible venues.”

The actors of RL Productions, Harlem Nights Productions, and The Fort Harrison did a spectacular job of providing and entertaining evening for all!

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