Full Length Play
Time Period - 1950s
Settings Of Play - The Youngers' apartment in the slums of Chicago's Southside, 1950s.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Cutting Approved for Competition, UIL Approved, Competition or audition material
Mild Adult Themes
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Tony, From Broadway
WINNER! - TONY AWARD - BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY - 2014
WINNER! - TONY AWARD - BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY, Kenny Leon - 2014
WINNER! - TONY AWARD - BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, Sophie Okonedo - 2014
2014 - Drama Desk Award Nominated Revival! - Best Actor & Best Supporting Actress
2014 - Outer Critics Circle Nominated Revival! - Best Supporting Actress (2)
Winner! New York Drama Critic's Award for Best Play of the Year, From Broadway
Set on Chicago's South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis, and matriarch Lena. When her deceased husband's insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. The Younger family's heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.
"Pivotal play in the history of the American Black theatre." - Newsweek
"A milestone in the American Theatre." - Ebony
A Raisin in the Sun was first presented at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York City on March 11, 1959. Directed by Lloyd Richards.