A RAISIN IN THE SUN


Sunday, February 17, 2019 2:00PM
Foster Family Theater

A RAISIN IN THE SUN





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A RAISIN IN THE SUN


Sankofa Theatre Company, which has previously performed such stage classics as Fences and The Piano Lesson at the Gallo Center, now joins the Center in a co-production of A Raisin in the Sun. Lorraine Hansberry’s landmark drama debuted on Broadway in 1959.  It was the first play written by a black woman to be produced on Broadway, as well as the first with a black director, Lloyd Richards. The title comes from the poem Harlem by Langston Hughes, and the story tells of a black family's experiences in Chicago’s South Side as they attempt to 'better' themselves with an insurance payout following the death of the father. A Raisin in the Sun was named best play of 1959 by the New York Drama Critics' Circle.  It also was nominated for four Tony Awards, and went on to become a highly regarded film starring members of the original Broadway cast, among them Sydney Poitier and Ruby Dee.