Notes and Links about Lorraine Hansberry and A RAISIN IN THE SUN

The next “film community discussion” will be Monday, May 8 at 7 PM at the Boone Home (4th Street next to Second Baptist) in Columbia,Missouri  to hear reactions to “A Raisin in the Sun” that will be playing at the  Maplewood Barn Theater April 27 thru April 30  and May 4th thru May 7 at 8 PM.

For tickets,

Below are links to several interviews and reviews that I enjoyed.

A Raisin in the Sun: An Introduction

An introduction to the play, with interviews with Phylicia Rashad, the actors, and a number of scholars of Lorraine Hansberry and African American literature. This video guide includes commentary on the play’s path to Broadway, biographical information about the Hansberry family’s fight for housing, the play’s cultural significance and Hansberry’s lasting legacy.


Author unknown, “To be Young, Gifted, and Black”


A mini documentary


There are several full texts of the play online. Here is one:


Review of the original 1959 Broadway play from the New York TIMES.


Review of 2016 London performance from The Guardian

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