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A Raisin in the Sun New York Tickets

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Audiences will not want to miss what the New York Times called A Raisin in the Sun, "The play that changed American theater forever." The play, Raisin in the Sun, leaves audiences asking how many times a single play profoundly change our impressions of theater? It is evident that audiences continue to be moved by and still gain a new perspective on the significance and transformative power of theater from watching it. No matter how many productions under the sun; it still inspires.

There is no doubt that the New York audiences will touched by the production of A Raisin in the Sun. The production opens at the Ethel Barrymore Theater on April 3, 2014 with both matinee and evening shows. The play originally premiered on March 18, 1959 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, making its second revival that much more special. Please note that A Raisin in the Sun is deemed suitable for audience members who are aged 10 and over. Furthermore, children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theater.


Plot

The title of the play, A Raisin in the Sun, refers to a poem by Langston Hughes, "A Dream Deferred." It comes from the line "does a dream deferred dry up like a raisin in the sun?" Inspired by Langston Hughes, Lorraine Hansberry wrote A Raisin in the Sun. The story takes place during the 1950s on the south side of Chicago. The plot follows the lives of the an African American family by the name of Youngers. The play begins with the optimism of how life will be once the family receives an inheritance for which they are awaiting. As each individual family member makes plans on how to spend their share of the wealth, their individual dreams meet challenges. The character Walter wishes to put money down on a liquor store, while Mama sets to put a down payment on a home in a predominantly white neighborhood. Soon, Walter is left to consider is social-economic standing in the face of others outside his family.


Trivia

At the time A Raisin in the Sun was set for production, it was considered a risky investment for many reasons. It had predominantly African American cast. A Raisin in the Sun was even the first play to be written by a black woman to be produced on Broadway. What is more is that it is the first play to be produced by a black director on Broadway, Lloyd Richards. A Raisin in the Sun was one of the first ever Broadway plays to look closely at the lives of African-American families lives prior to the civil rights movement. It actually took its producer, Phil Rose, a year to raise enough funds to take it to the stage. While its initial preview received mixed reviews, it since received critical acclaim as changing the future of theater.

A Raisin in the Sun closed a record-breaking Broadway revival run in 2004. Soon there was talk of another revival, and it is here at last. Audiences watched Sean Combs play Walter in the initial run. Now this Spring, the Tony Award-winning actor, Denzel Washington, is taking on the role. The revival production will start previews on March 8 and run through June 15 at the Barrymore Theatre. In 1960, the play was nominated for four Tony Awards: Best Play, Best Actor in a Play (Sidney Poitier), Best Actress in a Play (Claudia McNeil) and Best Direction (Lloyd Richards). Later, it was adapted to a motion picture in 1961 and became a television movie starring Sean (P. Diddy) Combs and Audra McDonald. The 2004 Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun again starred Sean (P. Diddy) Combs, Audra McDonald, Phylicia Rashad and Sanaa Lathan. This cast received Tony Awards for their performances: Phylicia Rashad won Best Actress in a Play and Audra McDonald won Best Featured Actress in a Play.

What many audiences members may not know is that A Raisin in the Sun shares similarities to the life of its author, Lorraine Hansberry. In the 1940s, Hansberry's family was involved in a lawsuit (Hansberry v. Lee, 311 U.S. 32). The Hansberry's father dedicated much of his life working in association with attorneys from the NAACP to modify the restrictive covenants in Chicago. The family resided in a property that Hansberry described as a "hellishly hostile 'white neighborhood'." By residing in this neighborhood, the family was making its stand against what was viewed as white supremacy thinking. Hansberry recalls stories of being spat on and even pummeled during her journeys to school and home. An interesting bit of trivia is that since that challenging time, the Hansberry house has now viewed by the Chicago City Council's Committee on Historical Landmarks Preservation a landmark.


Cast

The Ethel Barrymore Theater's A Raisin in the Sun's cast of the Younger family includes: Denzel Washington as Walter Lee Younger, Diahann Carroll as Lena Younger, Sophie Okonedo as Ruth Younger, Anika Noni Rose as Beneatha Younger, David Cromer as Karl Linder, Bryce Clyde Jenkins as Travis Younger, Stephen Tyrone Williams as Joseph Asagai, Jason Dirden as George Murchison, Stephen McKinley Henderson as Bobo.


Creative Team

The stellar creative design team at the Ethel Barrymore Theater includes: Kenny Leon (Director), Scott Rudin (Producer), Mark Thompson (Scenic Designer), Ann Roth (Costume Designer) and Brian MacDevitt (Lighting Designer).

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