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The 2013-2014 Broadway Season

A Raisin in the Sun
Denzel Washington and LaTanya Richardson Jackson star in a new production of Lorraine Hansberry's seminal American drama.

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Ethel Barrymore Theatre
Opening Night - April 03 2014
Final Performance - June 15 2014
A Raisin in the SunThe company of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun.


Set on Chicago’s South Side, Lorraine Hansberry's play revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee (Denzel Washington); his wife, Ruth (Sophie Okonedo); his sister, Beneatha (Anika Noni Rose); his son, Travis; and matriarch Lena, called Mama (LaTanya Richardson Jackson). When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama.


  • The play’s title comes from the Langston Hughes poem "Harlem" (also known as "A Dream Deferred”).
  • A Raisin in the Sun was the first play by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway.
  • The 2012 Tony Award®-winning Best Play, Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris, depicts the white family that sold the house to the Youngers. The first act takes place just after the events of A Raisin in the Sun; the second act takes place 50 years later.


The play debuted on Broadway in 1959, and was most recently revived in 2004. The original Broadway cast reprised their performances in a 1961 feature film written by Hansberry. A 2008 TV film featured many of the same performers as the 2004 revival. Raisin, a musical based on A Raisin in the Sun, opened on Broadway in 1973, winning the 1974 Tony Award as Best Musical.

Revised April 8, 2014


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