Venue Details

56 Star Starred
Gough Street Playhouse
1620 Gough St San Francisco, CA 94109
415-798-2682
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Member Tips

Deborah James
Casual
info May 07 2012 star this tip starred
Deborah James
Accessible by public transportation, parking nearby
info May 07 2012 star this tip starred
Goldstar Member
But bring a coat. It'll be a might chilly when the show gets out.
info May 08 2012 star this tip starred
Goldstar Member
Take public transport if possible. Parking in the neighbourhood is near impossible.
info May 08 2012 star this tip starred
Goldstar Member
There are several restaurants and bars within a few blocks.
info May 08 2012 star this tip starred
Goldstar Member
Get there early. If you sit up front, you'll feel like you're part of the play
info May 09 2012 star this tip starred

Reviews & Ratings

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4.5 average rating
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25 reviews
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attended May 05 2012

I absolutely loved this play. The acting was superb. I am away from home and do not have my program here, so I cannot single out any particular actor, but they were all excellent. Lewis Campbell did a wonderful job directing this play.

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26 reviews
3 stars
attended May 05 2012

This was an interesting play and well acted.

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3 reviews
3 stars
attended May 11 2012

We really loved it. The acting was excellent and the story was incredibly inspiring.
I highly recommend it.

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Website

http://www.custommade.org

Description

Lorraine Hansberry was born in 1930 in the Woodlawn neighborhood of the South Side of Chicago. Her family later moved into a white neighborhood, where they faced racial discrimination. Lorraine attended a predominantly white public school while her parents fought against segregation. The legal struggle over their move led to the landmark Supreme Court case of Hansberry v. Lee (1940). Though victors in the Supreme Court, the family was subjected to what Lorraine would later describe as a “hellishly hostile white neighborhood.” This experience later inspired her to write her most famous work, A Raisin in the Sun

Hansberry attended the University of Wisconsin, but found college to be uninspiring and left in 1950 to pursue her career as a writer in New York. She worked on the staff of a Black newspaper called Freedom. It was at that time she wrote A Raisin in the Sun. It was the first play written by a Black woman to be produced on Broadway. It received the N.Y. Drama Critics Award, making Hansberry the first Black writer to receive the Award.

Lorraine Hansberry died on January 12, 1965, of pancreatic cancer at the age of 34. Her second play, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window opened on Broadway in 1964 and closed the night she died.

About the Ticket Supplier: Custom Made Theatre Co.

Winner of the SF Bay Critic Circle award for Best Overall Play of 2012, The Custom Made Theatre Co. is a San Francisco-based not-for-profit theatre dedicated to ensemble-based, socially relevant productions. Custom Made is the managing company of the Gough Street Playhouse, an intimate thrust theatre without a bad seat in the house, where they present a five play season, along with numerous readings, workshops and classes. Most recently, Custom Made produced the Goldstar ROAR award-winning "Eurydice"
and the Bay Area Premiere of Christopher Durang's "Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them."