The first play written by an African American playwright ever to be produced on Broadway, Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun
forever changed the face of American theater. Later adapted into the 1961 movie starring Sidney Poitier, A Raisin in the Sun
is the story of the Youngers, a black family living on Chicago's South Side in the late 1950s. When fate lands a sizable life insurance check in their hands, the family -- accustomed to struggling to make ends meet -- tries to decide the best way to spend the money. They consider buying a new home, investing in a business, enrolling in college and more -- but find conflicting aspirations and prejudice at every turn. Walter Dallas (The Piano Lesson, Blue Door
) directs this classic drama that paved the way for the African American voice to be heard on stage.
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