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"A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry

An introduction to the award winning play by Lorraine Hansberry.
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Cassandra Martin

on 18 September 2012

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Transcript of "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry

"A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry Lorraine Hansberry 1930-1965 Born in Chicago
Middle Class African-American Family
Interested in Africa from an Early Age
Parents sent her to Public Schools to protest Segregation Laws
Decided to become a writer in 1924
1950 she moved to New York (during this time is when she met Langston Hughes)
Died on January 12, 1965 of Pancreatic Cancer "Harlem"
by Langston Hughes 1953 she began writing" The Crystal Stair" which later became "A Raisin in the Sun" after a line in a poem by Langston Hughes.
The production was first taken out of New York and played in New Haven, Philadelphia, and Chicago. In all places audiences loved it.
Eventually it opened at Ethel Barrymore Theatre, on March 11, 1959. In New York, it ran 530 performances. Theatrical Debut The film version of 1961, also starring Sidney Poitier, received a special award at the Cannes festival. When Hansberry was a college student she had written: "We want to see film about people who live and work like everybody else, but who currently must battle fierce oppression to do so." Hollywood 1961 "A Raisin in the Sun" the 2008 television film was directed by Kenny Leon. The film debuted at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was broadcast by ABC on February 25, 2008. According to Nielsen Media Research, the program was watched by 12.7 million viewers and ranked #9 in the ratings for the week ending March 2, 2008. 2008
Walter Lee Younger
Ruth Younger
Lena Younger
Beneatha Younger
Travis Younger
Joseph Asagai
George Murchison
Willie Harris
Bobo
Karl Lindler Characters
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