Playwright: Lorraine Hansberry
- One of the great playwrights of theater history
- ….who we rarely hear about: Lorraine Hansberry.
- Her play A Raisin in the Sun is number 10 on the list of
- The 50 Best Plays of the Past 100 Years
- This is an excellent biography about Lorraine Hansberry.
- She was an American playwright who made theater history.
- Her play A Raisin in the Sun was the first play on Broadway
- …written by a black female.
- Never in the history of the American theater had so
- …much truth of black people’s lives been seen on the stage.
- The Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun
- opened in New York City on March 11, 1959.
- It ran for five hundred thirty performances.
- It was also nominated for the 1960 Tony Award for the Best Play.
- It lost to the winner The Miracle Worker by W. Gibson
- Now I feel I am prepared to read her play and
- really appreciate the struggle Ms Hansberry went through
- grappling with her sexuality, racism, segregation and feminism.
- I read the play last night. (2 hours reading time)
- I will write a separate review about it later.
- Lorriane Hansberry uses her characters in A Raisin in the Sun
- to express what she was experiencing:
- — black aspirations
- — problems in her efforts to advance herself
- — stepping away from limits imposed
- — by a society bent on oppressing her.
- Lorraine clings to parched hopes
- ….dried up like a raisin in the sun.