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The Gough Street Playhouse
1620 Gough St San Francisco, CA 94109
415-798-2682
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"To Be Young, Gifted and Black: A Portrait of Lorraine Hansberry in Her Own Words"
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4.5 average rating
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42 reviews
5 stars
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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27 reviews
3 stars
attended May 12 2012

It was an amateur production but I was very grateful I saw it. It is a script compiling assorted writings of one of America's literary giants that I was unaware of. The play allowed me to experience a great deal of Hansberry's writing that I...continued

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23 reviews
7 stars
attended May 11 2012

Great performance.

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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.

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