After the successful production A Raisin in the Sun, Well Made Productions (The Netherlands), is bringing the second part of the Raisin Cycle to Amsterdam on May 3. This will be the European première of Beneatha's Place, written by Artistic Director of the Young Vic Theatre Kwame Kwei-Armah. He wrote Beneatha's Place in response to A Raisin in the Sun and Clybourne park, completing the Raisin Cycle, a trilogy about black identity then and now.
We see Beneatha, the daughter in A Raisin in the Sun, exchange America for Nigeria. When the struggle for independence has dramatic consequences for her husband and her child, she is forced to redefine her place in the world. Fifty years later she returns to the ill-fated place she once called home. Again she is confronted with her loss, and with the legacy of a fighting life. Beneatha's Place is about future images, sky-high ambition and the loss of great love. About finding your place in a divided world and about the history that you carry with you. A performance that does not shun from and engages in the debate. This second part of the trilogy about black identity in a white world makes personal political, and the political personal.
By Kwame Kwei-Armah
Directed by Teunkie van der Sluijs
Translated by Esther Duysker
Cast Joy Wielkens, Fockeline Ouwerkerk, Jetty Mathurin, Boris van der Ham, Mandela Wee Wee, Yorick Zwart
Coproduction Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam & Likeminds
Well Made Productions
The heart and soul of Well Made Productions, founded in 2015, are producers Samora Bergtop and Ellen Tjon A Meeuw. Well Made Productions responds to and creates in the current era and tells stories through theater, film and photography, from a bi-cultural perspective. The Raisin Cycle is the result of the search for recognizable stories that fit within the frame of reference of Bergtop, as daughter of a Surinamese father and a Dutch mother. For the first part A Raisin in the Sun they received the Amsterdam Prize for Art 2017 (category 'stimulation').