A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun

Raisin in the Sun at the Pearl Theater

Written by Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by Cheryl D. Loudd

February 1 – 17, 2013

Friday & Saturday at 8:00pm
Buy One Get One Free Thursday Feb. 14 at 7:30pm
Sunday Matinees Feb.3, 10, 17 at 3:00pm

Parental Guidance Suggested: This play contains strong language.

This groundbreaking play starred Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeill, Ruby Dee and Diana Sands in the Broadway production which opened in 1959 and has since been revived. 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, 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.

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.

“Pivotal play in the history of the American Black theatre.” – Newsweek

“A milestone in the American Theatre.” – Ebony

 Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.