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A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun is an iconic work of American theatre, a testament to the power of family and a hymn to the Black experience.

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A Raisin in the Sun

Date: 9 Jun 2022

Lorraine Hansberry wrote A Raisin in the Sun when she was just 29 years-old and the play swiftly became a mainstay of the modern theatre canon.

When it premiered in 1959, the play was the first by an African American woman to be shown on Broadway and it continues to challenge and move audiences generations later.

Living in Chicago during the 1950s and optimistic about rising above the injustices that have shaped their lives, the five members of the Younger family are all looking for ways to improve their lot: some through activism, some through fortune and some through simple acts of self-determination. The arrival of a change of circumstance – in the form of a life insurance cheque – gives the close-knit family a chance to consider the possibility of a better life. But the distance between dreams and reality proves further than any of them anticipated.

Directed by Shari Sebbens and starring Bert LaBonté and Zahra Newman, this production marks the first time ever that A Raisin in the Sun will be performed on an Australian mainstage.

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