A Raisin In The Sun News and Updates
The remarkable classic play, A Raisin in the Sun, will be taking the same stage where it made its debut nearly 55 years ago: the Barrymore Theater in New York City. The dramatic tale, written by Lorraine Hansberry for the stage in 1959, featured renowned actor Sidney Poitier, and chronicles the Younger family and its imprudent son Walter Lee. Talented actor Denzel Washington will revive the central character, Oscar nominated actress Sophie Okonedo portrays Ruth, Tony winner Anika Noni Rose plays Benethea, and celebrated Diahann Carroll revisits the stage as Mama Younger.
A Raisin in the Sun was a breakthrough production as the first play written by an African American woman eventually produced on Broadway, and tackles ethics and racism in a pre-civil rights America. Set in the South Side of Chicago in the late 50s, the Younger family must grapple and concede each member’s unique dreams and desires when inheritance money emerges and plans diverge.
The original production received four Tony nods while the 2004 revival won a pair. The Washington Post called it “one of a handful of great American dramas” while the New York Times has deemed it “the play that changed American Theater forever.” A Raisin in the Sun will open April 3 and run for 14 weeks through June 15. Don’t pass up on this pivotal play, directed by the distinguished Kenny Leon and newly realized by a dream cast of players.