by Lorraine Hansberry
Lorraine Hansberry became the first black woman to have a play produced on Broadway when it debuted on March 1959 at the Ethel Barrymore Theater. She is best known for her play A Raisin in the Sun, in which she won the New York Drama Critics Circle award for Best Play of the Year (Gates and McKay 1768). After this play was such a hit she composed, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, about Jewish intellectual’s uncertainty between disappointment and biased conviction which did not turn out to be a success. The critics were less open to this play because it challenged the boredom of Greenwich Village intellectuals. Then, unfortunately the play closed on the day Hansberry died of cancer on January 12, 1965. At the occasion of her death Hansberry was working on Les Blancs, What Use Are Flowers, The Drinking Gourd and To Be Young, Gifted and Black, Lorraine Hansberry in Her Own Words in which her ex-husband Robert Nemiroff’s edited, published and adapted for the stage. She also wrote a musical Laughing Boy and wrote Masters of the Dew, Freedom Ways, All the Dark & Beautiful Warriors and The Second Sex.
In Lorraine Hansberry’s, A Raisin in the Sun, both of these social issues are a major underlying theme which are expressed through the Younger family’s beliefs, conflicts and expectations in life. An important allusion is prominent in this play is historical because the play personifies the real-life struggle that a black family on the Southside of Chicago faced in the 1950’s. This play still remains popular today, it was revived in 2004 on Broadway starring Sean P. Combs as Walter Jr., Sanaa Lathan as Beneatha, Audra McDonald as Ruth and Phylicia Rashad as Mama. Hansberry’s portrayals of the Younger family illustrates very important personal opinions on conflict, racial identity and discrimination.
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