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A Raisin in the Sun

Why Watch A Raisin in the Sun

Lorraine Hansberry broke down barriers with this trailblazing drama, the first play by a Black woman to be staged on Broadway. It was also the first-ever play to be directed by a Black director, Lloyd Richards, who directed a mostly Black cast led by acting legends like Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee. In the decades thereafter, it has motivated generations of young playwrights while remaining current in its own right. Tinuke Craig (Jitney, The Color Purple) directs this play while preserving the play's brilliant blend of humour, passion, and personal exploration. The play, which has been adapted into various formats, will be performed at the Lyric Hammersmith in London for a short 3-week run.

The Story

In Chicago's South Side, the Younger family's grief, hopes, goals and plans have them at a crossroads. Their beloved patriarch of the family has suddenly died, and the proceeds from his life insurance policy offer the opportunity to transform lives for the people left behind. Mama wants to save money for a home of her own. Her daughter, Beneatha, wishes to study and become a doctor. Her son Walter Lee believes the money is his to use, and he is willing to forego family ties in order to get it.

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