Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun
Drama / 7m, 3f, 1 boy / Int. This groundbreaking play starred Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeill, Ruby Dee and Diana Sands in the Broadway production which opened in 1959. 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, called Mama. When her deceased husband's insurance money comes through, Mama dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans, however: 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. Sacrifice, trust and love among the Younger family and their heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration. This Thirtieth Anniversary edition was revised by the late author's husband and executor, Robert Nemiroff in 1989. Winner of the NY Drama Critic's Award as Best Play of the Year "Pivotal play in the history of the American Black theatre." - Newsweek "A milestone in the American Theatre." - Ebony
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Act Three Africa ain't never American Playhouse armchair arms ASAGAI baby back of sofa bathroom bedroom BENEA BENEATHA Bennie Black BOBO Brother chair Claudia McNeil closet Clybourne Park coat crosses D.L. curtain Daddy Diana Sands door drily egg bowl eggs Esther Rolle exits eyes face feel front of sofa front of table Gifted and Black girl Glynn Turman guess hair hand head hear honey icebox Ivan Dixon John Fiedler JOHNSON kitchen table laugh Lena LINDNER looks at RUTH Lord Lorraine Hansberry MAMA mean morning mother move Negroes nice opens package pause play puts quietly Raisin rises Robert Nemiroff RUTH crosses RUTH's scene add shirt sink slowly smiling socks stands stares starts stop sure takes tell things thinking bout TRAVIS trying turns understand waits What's the matter Willy Harris window woman wrong y'all Yeah