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A Raisin in the Sun

Theatre: Ethel Barrymore Theatre
Opening Night: April 03 2014
Final Performance: June 15 2014

Producers: Scott Rudin, Roger Berlind, Eli Bush, Jon B. Platt, Scott M. Delman, Roy Furman, Stephanie P. McClelland, Ruth Hendel, Sonia Friedman/Tulchin Bartner, The Araca Group, Heni Koenigsberg, Daryl Roth, Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino, Joey Parnes, S.D. Wagner, John Johnson

A Raisin in the Sun

5 Nominations

Best Revival of a Play
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Best Direction of a Play

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 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.


  • 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.

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