A Raisin in the Sun
When it was first performed in 1959, Lorraine Hansberry was only 29 years old. A Raisin in the Sun was a groundbreaking work when it premiered in New York at the Ethel Barrymore Theater as it portrayed a version of African-American life that had not been represented before. The play takes place in the middle 20th century, and in hindsight we know that the civil rights movement is only a few years away. The Younger family struggles against many things--poverty, racism, nationalism--and is ultimately faced with a decision that threatens the souls of them all. Who will be the one to decide, and at what cost? This is a timeless play about honoring the past, stepping into the future, and facing the unknown with proud, open eyes.