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A Raisin in the Sun 

A substantial insurance payment could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for a poor black family.

Director:

Bill Duke

Writer:

Lorraine Hansberry (play)
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Starletta DuPois ... Ruth Younger
Lou Ferguson ... Joseph Asagai
John Fiedler ... Karl Lindner
Danny Glover ... Walter Lee Younger
Stephen McKinley Henderson ... Bobo (as Stephen Henderson)
Kimble Joyner Kimble Joyner ... Travis Younger
Helen Martin ... Mrs. Johnson
Joseph C. Phillips ... George Murchison
Esther Rolle ... Lena 'Mama' Younger
Kim Yancey Kim Yancey ... Beneatha 'Bennie' Younger
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A substantial insurance payment could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for a poor black family.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1989 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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The Broadway production of "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York on March 11, 1959, ran for 530 performances and was nominated for the 1960 Tony Award (New York City) for the Best Play. See more »

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Referenced in Undercover Brother (2002) See more »

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Masterpiece
14 June 2000 | by ivan-22See all my reviews

Here's my immediate reaction from a 1989 diary entry:

I just had a memorable experience: I saw the play "A Raisin In The Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry. It played for three hours, but I didn't want it to stop. It is one of those artistic miracles, like Joplin's "Treemonisha", perfection itself, total and utter flawlessness. It was about the biggest subjects in life: hope and despair, dignity and indignity. I was tearful throughout the play, in awe at its perfection. I have never felt so alive. I must find out who Lorraine Hansberry is. The play was compared to "Death Of A Salesman", but to me there is no comparison. This is a one of a kind play. On the surface, the play is about black people struggling with their own and society's limitations, but actually, it is about the human condition in general.


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