See the groundbreaking 1961 film adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's play starring Sidney Poitier that inspired the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play Clybourne Park on stage at the Guthrie Theater now through August 4, 2013!
A Raisin in the Sun Synopsis
A Raisin In The Sun is a groundbreaking drama celebrating the human spirit, featuring an electrifying performance by Academy Award(R) winner Sidney Poitier (Best Actor, "Lilies of the Field", 1963). The Younger family, frustrated with living in their crowded Chicago apartment, sees the arrival of a $10,000 insurance check as the answer to their prayers. Matriarch Lena Younger (Claudia McNeil) promptly puts a down payment on a house in an all-white suburban neighborhood. But the family is divided when Lena entrusts the balance of the money to her mercurial son Walter Lee (Poitier), against the wishes of her daughter (Diana Sands) and daughter-in-law (Ruby Dee). It takes the strength and integrity of this African-American family to battle against generations of prejudice to try to achieve their piece of the American Dream.
Clybourne Park Synopsis
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, Bruce Norris’ satiric comedy deals with race and class in response to Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. The play begins in 1959 as a black family moves into a white neighborhood in Chicago, and in Act Two takes us to the same house in 2009 as gentrification sets in and the roles are reversed. Jokes fly and hidden agendas unfold as two generations tiptoe through social politics, pitting race against real estate. The New York Times hailed it “ferociously smart” and Variety raved, “Yes, it’s dangerous and provocative, but pulverizingly funny to boot!”
Guthrie Theater's Clybourne Park Website