10 The Compass Friday, Novembers, 1995 Entertainment Players open season with classic production Pictured above (from left) are Yushawnda Thomas, Shaunell McMIHan, Dashaun Dorsey, and Dorothy O. Wills, members of the cast of A Raisin in the Sun. Thomas portrays Beneatha Younger, McMillan plays Walter Lee Younger, Dorsey appears as Travis Younger, and Dorothy O Wills Is Leana Younger. Photo by Jamie Jordan by Staff Writers The University Players, ECSU's the atre troupe, opened their current the atre season with Lorraine Hansberry's acclaimed play A Raisin in the Sun. Performances are Nov. 1,2,3, and 5, 1995, at 8:00 p.m. in the Little Theatre on the ECSU campus. A Raisin in the Sun, has become a modem American classic. The story concerns a black family living in Chi cago in the late 1950's, their struggles and dreams. New York Times critic, Frank Rich wrote that Miss Hansberry "posed all her concerns in a work that portrays a black family with greater realism and complexity than has ever been previously seen on the stage." After the play opened on Broadway in 1959, it won "Best Play of the Year" from the New York Drama Critics. The ECSU production features the talents of both student and commu nity actors. The character of Walter Lee Younger will be played by Shaunell McMillan, who received much critical praise for his role as Lennie in last season's Of Mice and Men. Leana Yoimger, matriarch of the family, is be ing acted by Dorothy O. Wills of Eliza beth City. Wills impressed local audiences as Grandma in The First Breeze of Summer. Robin T. Gresham portrays Walter's wife, Ruth. Walter's sister, ^neatha, is played by Yushawnda Thomas, a jun ior from Beaufort, NC. Dashaim M. Dorsey, a student at PasquotarJc El ementary School, appears as Walter's son, Travis. Jim Bridges portrays Karl Lindner. Other members of the cast include Cordell Garrett as Bobo; Migue Mwaura as Joseph Asagai; Damond Nollan as George Murchison; and Amelia L. Pledger as Mrs. Johnson. Samuel Norman and Thaxton Taylor are the moving men. The play is directed by Shawn Smith, associate professor of theater in the Department of Language, Literature & Communication. Sets and lighting are designed by Randy J. Berry, and Anthony Scott Dunlow is the technical director. Naimette E. Cherry is production stage manager, and Ollie Mason is produc tion costumer. Admission prices for A Raisin in the Sun are $5.00 for the public, $1.50 for ECSU faculty and staff, and $1.00 for ECSU students. Tickets may be pur chased at the door on the evening of the performance. For reservatioi\s and additional information, contact the University Players' office at 335-3436. Book Review Knowledge is the pathway to dreams for young black man Makes Me Wanna Holler by Nathan McGaR * Vantage Books, 1994 by Marcus Croom In Makes Me Wanna Holler, an auto biography of a young African Ameri can man, Nathan McCall vividly re calls his life story with anger, wit, com passion, and most of all, triumph. He takes his readers on his personal odys sey of discovery, which focuses on a dramatic transformation from criminal to respected journalist at The Washing ton Post. The story begins with McCall's early days in Portsmouth, VA, in the Cava lier Manor neighborhood. By the age of 15, McCall was embarking on a life of crime that would put him in prison five years later. He describes how diffi cult school was for a young black male during the sixties after segregation ended in Virginia. He describes his friends and enemies and he how he was absorbed into their quest for power, respect, and most of all-money. "I eventually realized that there were two types of dudes at Waters (his high school in Portsmouth): solitary lames like me and those who got into the slick, in-crowd. The slickest among these guys were the older dudes, the thugs, who ran the school and hung in the streets. They were the most popu lar... I learned a lot by watching them. They were lovers. They had strong rap games, the studied ability to talk smooth and persuasive to get their way with the ladies... I was captivated by these guys, they seemed to have all the self-esteem I lacked." McCall does not try to disguise his anger and pain during these years. He describes how devastating his early life really was. He started with petty crime and eventually was convicted of armed robbery of a McDonalds. McCall viv idly describes how he felt at the mo ment his sentence j)f 12 years was handed down. "The judge was vm- moved, 'I'm sorry, but he has to leam that he can't go around putting gxms to people's heads.' He brought down his gavel... Twelve years! I stood there, stunned, the scene surreal. A baUiff walked up behind me and clamped handcuffs to my wrist. I glanced at my family in the rear of the courtroom. Their faces revealed their shock: a tear ful Liz held her hands to her face in disbelief... When the bailiffs led me from the courtroom, I dropped my head to conceal my misty eyes." In prison, McCall realized for the first time in his life that through knowl edge he could accomplish his dreams of leaving prison and returning to so ciety. While in prison, he won a jour nalism contest and was given a year's tuition to Norfolk State. He also real ized that he had to obtain a skill to help him earn a living imtii he could realize his dream of becoming a writer. He got transferred to a different prison to leam the printing trade in order to earn a living while attending school. "The trip home made me focus more on my future and try to figure out what I would do if paroled... I definitely wanted to retum to college, but to study what? I'd considered studying to be a librarian when I got out... When I read Ernest Hemingway, I thought I might be a writer." After his release, his attempts to gain employment were unsuccessful and he was tempted retum to a life of crime. However, his vivid memories of prison dissuaded such thoughts, and he real ized that his only focus had to be on getting an education. McCall is brilliant with his use of vivid language and detailed descrip tion. His depth of feeling can draw a reader into his story, enabling him to feel his triumphs and defeats. He pre sents a dynamic portrait of what many young black men deal with everyday - the struggle to siu^^ive in a world that cares nothing about them.