A Raisin in the Sun (Broadway, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 1959) | Playbill

A Raisin in the Sun



1950s  Chicago. The five members of the Younger family are each looking for ways to improve their lot through education, business, real estate, and sheer self-determination. The arrival of a long-awaited life insurance check promises life changing opportunities. But how to spend it best?

Lorraine Hansberry’s masterpiece, A Raisin in the Sun, one of the greatest plays ever written in the English language, fearlessly interrogates the American dream in the face of racial and economic challenge.

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New York Drama Critics' Circle
1959 Best American Play Winner
Outer Critics Circle
1959 Outstanding Actress in a Play Winner
Tony Award
1960 Best Actor in a Play Nominee
1960 Best Direction of a Play Nominee
1960 Best Actress in a Play Nominee
1960 Play Nominee

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