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A Raisin in the Sun is a classic American play: a groundbreaking 1950s civil rights drama and has a strong claim to be the greatest play of the black American experience. Deeply committed to the black struggle for equality and human rights, Lorraine Hansberry's brilliant career as a writer was cut short by her death when she was only 34. A Raisin in the Sun was the first play written by a black woman to be produced on Broadway and won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. Hansberry was the youngest and the first black writer to receive this award. She was also the first person to be called 'young, gifted and black'. The play is set in south side Chicago, where Walter Lee, a black chauffeur, dreams of a better life, and hopes to use his father's life insurance money to open a liquor store. Humane and heart-rending, the play depicts characters and a whole society with complexity and reality. This Student Edition features expert and helpful annotation, including a scene-by-scene summary, a detailed commentary on the dramatic, social and political context, and on the themes, characters, language and structure of the play, as well as a list of suggested reading and questions for further study and a review of performance history.
When it was first produced in 1959, A Raisin in the Sun was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for that season and hailed as a watershed in American drama. A pioneering work by an African-American playwright, the play was a radically new representation of black life. "A play that changed American theater forever."--The New York Times.
This is the story of a young woman born in Chicago who came to New
York, won fame with her play, "A Raisin in the Sun"--and went on to
new heights of artistry before her tragic death. In turns angry,
loving, bitter, laughing, and defiantly proud, the story, voice,
and message are all Lorraine Hansberry's own, coming together in
one of the major works of the black experience in mid-century
The Unfilmed Original Screenplay of an American classic.
When it was first produced in 1959, A Raisin in the Sun was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for that season and hailed as a watershed in American drama. A pioneering work by an African-American playwright, the play was a radically new representation of black life. " A play that changed American theater forever." --The New York Times.
A black family's struggle for equality in 1950s Chicago. In south side Chicago, Walter Lee, a black chauffer, dreams of a better life, and hoes to use his father's life insurance money to open a liquor store. His mother, who rejects the liquor business, uses the money to secure a proper house for the family. Mr Lindner, a representative of the all-white neighbourhood, tries to buy them out. This volume is published as a programme-text to tie in with the Young Vic's revival of the play in May 2001.
When it was first produced in 1959, A Raisin in the Sun was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for that season and hailed as a watershed in American drama. A pioneering work by an African-American playwright, the play was a radically new representation of black life. "A play that changed American theater forever".--The New York Times.
In her first play, the now-classic A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry introduced the lives of ordinary African Americans into our national theatrical repertory. Now, Hansberry tells her own life story in an autobiography that rings with the voice of its creator. "Brilliantly alive."--The New York Times.
This new recording of Lorraine Hansberry's classic play stars Rutina Wesley from the HBO hit series "True Blood," chronicling a working class African-American family struggling to maintain dignity in a harsh world. With her late husband's insurance money finally in hand, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a better home. However, her children have other plans: Walter Lee wants to buy a liquor store, and Beneatha wants to go to medical school. What happens when family dreams drastically diverge?
New Revised Version 5 black m, 3 white m, 2 white f, 1 black f, 6 extras including 1 child Unit set Best American play of 1970, Les Blancs prophetically confronts the hope and tragedy of Africa in revolution. The setting is a white Christian mission in a colony about to explode. The time is that hour of reckoning when no one the guilty nor the innocent can evade the consequences of white colonialism and imperatives of black liberation. Tshembe Matoseh, the English educated son of a chief, has come home to bury his father. He finds his teenage brother a near alcoholic and his older brother a priest and traitor to his people. Forswearing politics and wanting only to return to his wife and child in England, Tshembe is drawn into the conflict symbolized by a woman dancer, the powerful Spirit of Africa who pursues him. Incredibly moving ...towering, magnificent. - New York Times Possessed of the unrelenting power, breadth of vision and masterly technique that only a very few playwrights are capable of in any one generation. - Detroit News
By the time of her death thirty years ago, at the tragically young age of thirty-four, Lorraine Hansberry had created two electrifying masterpieces of the American theater. With A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry gave this country its most movingly authentic portrayal of black family life in the inner city. Barely five years later, with The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, Hansberry gave us an unforgettable portrait of a man struggling with his individual fate in an age of racial and social injustice. These two plays remain milestones in the American theater, remarkable not only for their historical value but for their continued ability to engage the imagination and the heart.
"Never before, the entire history of the American theater, has so much of the truth of black people's lives been seen on the stage," observed James Baldwin shortly before A Raisin in the Sun opened on Broadway in 1959.
This classic American drama tells the story of the Youngers, a family that must struggle with their own inner divisions, in addition to the racist attitudes of society at large, as they move into their dream house in a community unwelcoming to African Americans. Complete with an introduction by literary critic Harold Bloom, this new title in the ""Bloom's Guides"" series also features an annotated bibliography and a list of other works by the author.
Lorraine Hansberry wrote of Black consciousness before it was fashionable, but she bequeathed to all of us a legacy astounding in its richness and relevancy. Few writers, black or white, are more relevant to present-day America than Lorraine Hansberry.
Here, for the first time, Caedmon has gathered many of her plays, interviews, and speeches into one unforgettable collection.
"A Raisin in the Sun: " an emotionally lacerating landmark of modem American theatre. A full-cast production starring Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis.
"To Be Young, Gifted and Black: "a glowing, vibrant, searing and, at the same time, redemptively joyous self-portrait. A full-cast production starring James Earl Jones.
"Lorraine Hansberry Speaks Out: " seven interviews and speeches, recorded between 1959 and 1964, that range in topic from integration to backlash to the greatness and limitations of AfricanAmerican leadership.
This edition offers Hansberry's complete uncut screen adaptation of her play, containing at least forty percent new material that does not appear in the play.
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