To Be Young, Gifted and Black

by  Lorraine Hansberry, Robert Nemiroff

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 5f

"An extraordinary achievement!...A whirl of probing, celebrating, hoping, laughing, despairing and moving on...so brilliantly and tenderly alive." - The New York Times
"A milestone." - Time

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To Be Young, Gifted and Black

by  Lorraine Hansberry Robert Nemiroff

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 5f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Biography
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • UIL Approved
    • Competition or audition material

Additional Info

A long-running success of the 1968/69 Off-Broadway season. Fast paced, powerful, touching and hilarious, this kaleidoscope of constantly shifting scenes, mood and images recreates the world of a great American woman and artist, Lorraine Hansberry. Uniquely and boldly, the play dramatically weaves through her life experiences and the times that shaped her. The actors slip ingeniously into and out of a variety of challenging roles spanning her life and experiences to the ultimate confrontation when cancer strikes her. Includes brilliantly high lighted scenes from her plays as well as letters, diaries, poems and personal reminiscences. A major statement of the American Black experience.
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Reviews

"An extraordinary achievement!...A whirl of probing, celebrating, hoping, laughing, despairing and moving on...so brilliantly and tenderly alive." - The New York Times

"A milestone." - Time

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1960s, 1950s, 1940s / WWII, 1930s
  • Setting: 1930-1965.

Casting

3m, 5f

RUTH
1ST ACTRESS
2ND ACTRESS
3RD ACTRESS
CANDACE
BENEATHA
THE COED
PLAYWRIGHT
SARAH
1ST GIRL
2ND GIRL
3RD GIRL
4TH GIRL
DOMESTIC
SHE
MAMA
MOTHER
GLORIA
MARIELA
AUTOGRAPH HOUND
IRIS
MAVIS
PALE HECATE
JUNO
WALTER
FATHER
LEADER
HANNIBAL
1ST BOY
2ND BOY
MONASSE
BLACK STUDENT
TSHEMBE
WAITER
SIDNEY
THE MAN
ZEB
PROFESSOR
LINDNER
SOUTHERNER
HERMIT
HE

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Authors

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 ...

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Robert Nemiroff

Robert Nemiroff

To Be Young, Gifted and Black was first presented on January 2, 1969 at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City. Directed by Gene Frankel.

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