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.
- Winner! 2014 Tony® Awards: Best Revival of a Play, Best Director of a Play, Best Supporting Actress
Nominee! 2014 Drama Desk Awards: Best Actor & Best Supporting Actress in a Revival
Nominee! 2014 Outer Critics Circle, Best Supporting Actress in a Revival
Winner! 1959 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, Best Play of the Year
"Pivotal play in the history of the American Black theatre." - Newsweek
"A milestone in the American Theatre." - Ebony
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $100 per performance
- Time Period: 1950s
- Setting: The Youngers' apartment in the slums of Chicago's Southside, 1950s.
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
- Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)
Casting7m, 3f, 1boy(s)
WALTER LEE YOUNGER
LENA YOUNGER (MAMA)
- Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
- Multicultural casting
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
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.