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Raisin in the Sun, A - Full Length Play, Drama

Raisin in the Sun, A

Lorraine Hansberry

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Full Length Play, Drama

7m, 3f, 1boy(s)

ISBN: 9780573614637

The Younger's apartment on Chicago's Southside, in the early 1950's.
Winner! New York Drama Critic's Award for Best Play of the Year, From Broadway

"Pivotal play in the history of the American Black theatre." - Newsweek
"A milestone in the American Theatre." - Ebony

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Minimum Fee: $100 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Period

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

Interior Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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.

REVIEWS

"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.

Characters

CASTING

7m, 3f, 1boy(s)

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Role(s) for Black Actor(s), Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

RUTH YOUNGER
TRAVIS YOUNGER
WALTER LEE YOUNGER
BENEATHA YOUNGER
LENA YOUNGER (MAMA)
JOSEPH ASAGAI
GEORGE MURCHISON
BOBO
KARL LINDER
MOVING MEN

Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Videos
  • Denzel Washington & Co. on "A Raisin in the Sun" - Broadway.com

  • A Raisin in the Sun - Timeline Theatre Company

  • A Raisin in the Sun: An Introduction

Author
Lorraine Hansberry

Lorraine Hansberry

When Lorraine Hansberry’s (1930-1965)A Raisin in the Sun appeared on Broadway in 1959, the artist became at twenty-nine the youngest American playwright, the fifth woman, and the only African American to date to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play of the Year. The play represented a landmark. In its authentic depiction of Black American life, and the vivid demonstration of so ... view full profile

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Reviews
Lauren Graneto 12/7/2015 12:22 AM
Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun showcases a family’s struggle and transcends race and class divides. Set on the south side of Chicago in the 1950s, the play offers a poignant look back on how the times have or have not changed. Race relations are a hot topic in today’s society, and the interactions between the black Younger family and the white Karl Lindner reflect the biases that still occur, such as institutionalized racism wrapped in the guise of good intentions and ignorance. The Younger family shows the strength of their dynamic living situation even in the face of insurmountable opposition from white families.
Jon Putzke 9/23/2014 3:12 PM
A true classic! Highly recommended. Solid script, solid characters. A highlight in any season!
Megan Cody 4/25/2013 12:03 AM
Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” is a reflection of the time, but it is also a timeless piece. The struggles of a lower-class black family in a big city are not exclusive to the civil rights era, nor are they exclusive to black families. Hansberry wrote a powerful piece about the struggles of a family trying to elevate themselves out of their current situation. This elegantly and compellingly narrative causes readers to connect with these characters on every level and truly want them to succeed. They have characteristics that are recognizable in all of us. Mama puts the wellbeing of her family above all else. Even after the financial tide turns, she continues to move forward with her plans. In recent years, many people can relate to the financial hit the family took. The recession has affected people of all classes and races and they too are picking themselves up and moving forward.

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