By Brian Robin
Meet the Creative Team of “A Raisin in the Sun"
The creative team of A Raisin in the Sun is made up of talented and accomplished artists, led by award-winning director Khanisha Foster. For many of these artists, it is their first time collaborating with SCR, though you still might see some familiar names. A Raisin in the Sun runs Oct. 22-Nov. 12 on the Julianne Argyros Stage.
Director Khanisha Foster returns to SCR after her appearance on stage in the 2023 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Crassis. She has directed at many regional theatres around the country, and earned a BroadwayWorld award for Best Direction of a Play for her 2019 Virginia Stage Company production of The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. She has also developed projects for film and TV with K&L Productions, Julie Hébert and Electric Shepherd Productions. She is the Director of Equity, Belonging and Engagement for Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles.
Scenic Designer Josafath Reynoso makes his SCR debut. Some of his regional design collaborations include American Mariachi at PCPA, Fences at Virginia Repertory Theatre, Much Ado About Nothing at American Players Theatre and Man of La Mancha at Triad Stage. His designs have also been seen around the world, including in Ireland, Argentina, Israel, Germany and Venezuela.
Costume Designer Wendell C. Carmichael has award-winning credits across Los Angeles, Orange County and the United States. His local collaborations include Geffen Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse, Ebony Repertory Theatre Company, Antaeus Theatre Company, Center Theatre Group and Chance Theater Company. He is a 2015 NAACP Theatre Award winner.
Lighting Designer Lonnie Rafael Alcaraz returns after designing recent productions of La Havana Madrid, Million Dollar Quartet and American Mariachi. He has also designed for various regional theatres, including Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Syracuse Stage and the Kirk Douglas Theatre. He is the head of the lighting design program at University of California, Irvine.
M. Glenn Schuster (Sound Design/Original Music) makes their SCR debut. Some of their recent productions include This is Not a True Story with Artists at Play and Desert Stories for Lost Girls with Native Voices, both at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. They also sit on the board of the Quinan Street Project, a theatre education program that provides classes and camps to underfunded communities in Contra Costa County.
This is Dramaturg Zharia O’Neal’s first production with SCR. She is a poet, playwright and dramaturg and hails from the British Virgin Islands. She has worked in association with the Ojai Playwrights’ Conference, Lobby Theatre, RealTime Productions, Playwrights’ Arena and City Hearts.
Sasha Nicolle Smith (Intimacy & Fight Consultant) also makes her SCR debut. Her regional theatre collaborations include Steppenwolf Theatre, Geffen Playhouse and another production of A Raisin in the Sun at Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Her film and TV credits include “Daisy Jones & the Six” on Hulu and Your Place or Mineon Netflix.