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Debbie's Angels Productions Presents:  A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry.

A Raisin in the Sun debuted on Broadway in 1959.  Since then it has been featured as a movie, a TV Film, a musical, and a Broadway revival. 

Based on the poem Harlem (What happens to a dream deferred?) by Langston Hughes the drama is about a man, living with his family in a small Chicago apartment and barely getting by. He wants to improve his lot in life by opening a business. Unexpectedly his dream of doing so is made possible by a check that Lena receives as an insurance settlement but things don't go as planned.  

English: Dustin Hoffman at the Cannes Film Fes...

Dustin Hoffman at the Cannes Film Festival. (Photo credit: Georges Biard via  Wikipedia)

I'm a big fan of
Dustin Hoffman.  My favorite movies of his are The Graduate along with  Papillon and Marathon Man.

It was the The Graduate, directed by Mike Nichols, that took him from being a character actor to a star.  Before that movie he did not consider himself a leading man. So not wanting to mess up what he had established as a character actor he initially turned down the role.  Mike Nichols had to personally call him and convince him to take  the part of Benjamin Braddock, a recent college graduate pondering what to do with the rest of his life.  Good thing he did.

In addition to his work in theatre and film he has also waded into the director pool with Quartet, a movie about a home for retired musicians and singers.  In the interview below he tells about how he directed the actors and has some great stories about acting from his long career.


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performing with Dreamkiller

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Photo Credit:  Courtesy Mo at  One Big Dark Room

Darren - Last Call of Duty.JPGDarren has been an officer of the law since 1990  and a participant in the performing arts since the age of five.  First playing drums and piano for talent shows then progressing to theatre for church and school, and eventually the school Jazz Band and a local pop band.

As a youngster he invented film roles for his friends to re-enact with him but put away these thoughts when his father died in an auto accident in 1989.  Then he turned his attention to law enforcement. Only occasionally participating in movies for a couple of decades.  He has been very active in films since 2010 including acting, writing, producing, and working in various crew positions.  It seems to be in his blood; the passion he has for film and performing.

To Russia With Love

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Dreamkiller2.jpgLet's send Christy Johnson and the Dreamkiller Band to Russia.  You can help by liking them on the ULikeUs page now through January 31st.  

ULikeUS is a competition where artists compete to bring their music to Russia.  The top twenty bands that gain the most attention at this stage will compete for a panel of judges to see who gets to go to Russia and play their music.  More about that here.

To vote for Dreamkiller go to the ULikeUs voting page.  Find Dreamkiller and vote by clicking on the Facebook or icons.

Check out the Dreamkiller Watch This video below and visit their web page.  Also, like this page so all your friends can vote too!