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A Raisin in the Sun

Lorraine Hansberry

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3f, 7m, 1boy(s)

The Younger's apartment on Chicago's Southside, in the early 1950's.

Set on Chicago’s South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis, and matriarch Lena. When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. The Younger family’s heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.

A Raisin in the Sun

by  Lorraine Hansberry

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 7m, 1boy(s)
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Period
  • Suggested Use
    Suggested Use
    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • UIL Approved
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
Accolades
Accolades
  • Winner! 2014 Tony® Awards: Best Revival of a Play, Best Director of a Play, Best Supporting Actress
    Nominee! 2014 Drama Desk Awards: Best Actor & Best Supporting Actress in a Revival
    Nominee! 2014 Outer Critics Circle, Best Supporting Actress in a Revival
    Winner! 1959 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, Best Play of the Year
Description

"Pivotal play in the history of the American Black theatre." - Newsweek

History

 

A Raisin in the Sun was first presented at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York City on March 11, 1959. Directed by Lloyd Richards.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
Cautions
  • Mild Adult Themes

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The Youngers' apartment in the slums of Chicago's Southside, 1950s.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

3f, 7m, 1boy(s)
Cast Attributes
  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • Multicultural casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

RUTH YOUNGER
TRAVIS YOUNGER
WALTER LEE YOUNGER
BENEATHA YOUNGER
LENA YOUNGER (MAMA)
JOSEPH ASAGAI
GEORGE MURCHISON
BOBO
KARL LINDER
MOVING MEN

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  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
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"Pivotal play in the history of the American Black theatre." - Newsweek

"A milestone in the American Theatre." - Ebony

Videos

  • Denzel Washington & Co. on "A Raisin in the Sun" - Broadway.com

  • A Raisin in the Sun - Timeline Theatre Company

  • A Raisin in the Sun: An Introduction

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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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