A Raisin in the Sun: an Introduction
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A Raisin in the Sun: Critical Review
1.‘Lorraine Hansberry’s drama, A Raisin in the Sun, opened at the Barrymore Theater in New York on this date March 11, 1959. This was the first play written by a Black woman to be performed on Broadway.’
2.The play A RAISIN IN THE SUN by Lorraine Hansberry, is an American Classic. The central conflict of the play is the tension surrounding one family’s decision to move to the suburbs as a symbolic act of desegregation.
3. In 1959, playwright Lorraine Hansbury, whose best known work, A Raisin in the Sun (inspired by her family’s battle against racial segregation in Chicago) would make history as the first straight (non-musical) Broadway play by an African-American produced and mounted on The Great White Way. It starred Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Claudia McNeal and Diana Sands… each of whom would later reprise their roles in the film of the same name…BY NUTSHELL GURU
4.This lesson invites students to explore the things relevant to a character from Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun, such as Mama’s plant, to unlock the drama’s underlying symbolism and themes. Students explore character traits and participate in active learning as they work with the play. Students use an interactive drama map to explore character and conflict, and then write and share character-item poems.
A Raisin in the Sun (1961 film)
In 1961, a film version of A Raisin in the Sun was released featuring its original Broadway cast of Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Claudia McNeil, Diana Sands, Ivan Dixon, Louis Gossett, Jr. and John Fiedler. Hansberry wrote the screenplay, and the film was directed by Daniel Petrie. It was released by Columbia Pictures and Ruby Dee won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress. Both Poitier and McNeil were nominated for Golden Globe Awards, and Petrie received a special “Gary Cooper Award” at the Cannes Film Festival.
A musical version of the play, Raisin, ran on Broadway from October 18, 1973 to December 7, 1975. The book of the musical, which stayed close to the play, was written by Hansberry’s former husband, Robert Nemiroff. Music and lyrics were by Judd Woldin and Robert Brittan. The cast included Joe Morton (Walter Lee), Virginia Capers (Momma), Ernestine Jackson (Ruth), Debbie Allen (Beneatha) and Ralph Carter (Travis, the Youngers’ young son). The show won the Tony Award for Best musical.
1989 TV film
In 1989 the play was adapted into a TV film for PBS’ American Playhouse series, starring Danny Glover and Esther Rolle. This production received three Emmy Award nominations, but all were for technical categories. Bill Duke directed the production, while Chiz Schultz produced the production, which also featured Starletta DuPois and John Fiedler, who had starred in the original Broadway production and the 1961 film version. This production was based on an off-Broadway revival produced by the Roundabout Theatre.The cast included Danny Glover (Walter Lee), Starletta DuPois (Ruth), Esther Rolle (Mama), and Kim Yancey (Beneatha).
2008 TV film
A Raisin in the Sun (2008 film)
In 2008, Sean Combs (P. Diddy) and Audra McDonald starred in a television film directed by Kenny Leon. The film debuted at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was broadcast by ABC on February 25, 2008. McDonald received an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Ruth. 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.
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