Beneatha’s Place is the successor to A Raisin in the Sun and is easy to follow as a stand-alone performance.
In the second part of this triptych about the Younger family, we see daughter Beneatha swapping 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 of her time. Once again, she is confronted with her loss, and with the legacy of a combative life.
Beneatha’s Place is a performance about the future, ambition and the loss of your great love. About finding your place in a divided world and about the history you carry with you. A performance that does not shy away from the black and white question but embraces and challenges it. This second part of the trilogy about black identity in a white world makes it personal politics and politics personal.
Well Made Productions is working hard for more bicultural repertoire.
In a way, however, Beneatha’s Place makes a sad impression, despite the often-hilarious scenes and the occasionally whirlwind style of playing.
Surprisingly, despite this undramatic theme, the audience continues to sympathise. Snapping from white to black and a sharp response evokes audible recognition as well as pleasure.
Crew of Beneatha’s Place
Text Kwame Kwei-Armah
Directed by Teunkie van der Sluijs
Translation Esther Duysker
Dramaturgical advice Karim Ameur
Director’s assistants: Nina Haanappel and Frédérique Donker
Sound design Ata Güner
Lighting design Floriaan Ganzevoort
Decor design Niek Kortekaas en Sjoerd Kortekaas
Decor building Man met de Hamer
Costumes Sjoerd Kortekaas and Marianne Noorlander
Technique Noud Nijssen en René Botman
Publicity and marketing Frédérique Donker en Peggy Gemerts
Graphic design Design Guys
Executive producer Barbara Reijs
Production Management and Tour Reana Oppier (ProductieCollectief)
Producer Well Made Productions
Co-producers Likeminds en Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam
Cast Beneatha’s Place
Boris van der Ham
Mandela Wee Wee