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A Raisin in the Sun

Lorraine Hansberry

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ISBN 10: 0573614636 / ISBN 13: 9780573614637
Published by Samuel French Inc Plays, 1959
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Title: A Raisin in the Sun

Publisher: Samuel French Inc Plays

Publication Date: 1959

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

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Drama / 7m, 3f, 1 boy / Int. This groundbreaking play starred Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeill, Ruby Dee and Diana Sands in the Broadway production which opened in 1959. 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, called Mama. When her deceased husband's insurance money comes through, Mama 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. This Thirtieth Anniversary edition was revised by the late author's husband and executor, Robert Nemiroff in 1989. Winner of the NY Drama Critic's Award as Best Play of the Year "Pivotal play in the history of the American Black theatre." - Newsweek "A milestone in the American Theatre." - Ebony

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This new recording of Lorraine Hansberry's classic play chronicles 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? A Raisin in the Sun is a seminal American drama and a heroic testament to hope.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:

Judyann Elder as Lena Younger

James Gleason as Karl Lindner

Noah Gray-Cabey as Travis Younger

Corey Hawkins as Walter Lee Younger

Deidrie Henry as Ruth Younger

Terrell Tilford as George Murchison

Rutina Wesley as Beneatha Younger

Mirron E. Willis as Joseph Asagai/Bobo

Directed by Lou Bellamy. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.

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