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October 15, 2018


Playwright: Lorraine Hansberry

by NancyElin



  1. One of the great playwrights of theater history
  2. ….who we rarely hear about: Lorraine Hansberry.
  3. Her play A Raisin in the Sun is number 10 on the list of
  4. The 50 Best Plays of the Past 100 Years



  1. This is an excellent  biography about  Lorraine Hansberry.
  2. She was an American playwright who made theater history.
  3. Her play A Raisin in the Sun was the first play on Broadway
  4. …written by a black female.
  5. Never in the history of the American theater had so
  6. …much truth of black people’s lives been seen on the stage.
  7. The Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun
  8. opened in New York City on March 11, 1959.
  9. It ran for five hundred thirty performances.
  10. It was also nominated for the 1960 Tony Award for the Best Play.
  11. It lost to the winner The Miracle Worker by W. Gibson
  12. Now I feel I am prepared to read her play and
  13. really appreciate the struggle Ms Hansberry went through
  14. grappling with her sexuality, racism, segregation and feminism.
  15. I read the play last night. (2 hours reading time)
  16. I will write a separate review about it later.


Last thoughts:

  1. Lorriane Hansberry uses her characters in A Raisin in the Sun
  2. to express what she was experiencing:
  3. — black aspirations
  4. — problems in her efforts to advance herself
  5. — stepping away from limits imposed
  6.  — by a society bent on oppressing her.
  7. Lorraine clings to parched hopes
  8. ….dried up like a raisin in the sun.



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