Today marks the anniversary of the Broadway debut of A Raisin in the Sun

index.aspxA Raisin in the Sun debuted on Broadway on March 11, 1959,  The  play, written by Lorraine Hansberry,  was the first play written and acted by African Americans to appear on the Broadway stage. The play tells the classic story about a struggling African American family living in an apartment on Chicago’s South Side.  The premise of the play revolves around  the younger family matriarch who is due a life insurance check that could change the family fortune.  When the curtain rose  on March 11th, Hansberry was worried about its success.  It later  went on to win the New York Drama  Critics’ Circle  and was nominated for 4 Tony Awards. Frank Rich of the New York Times wrote that A Raisin in the Sun changed  American theatre forever.  If you’ve never read or watched this iconic story, please give it a try.

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