Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust, Highlighting Playwright's Legacy, Will Launch Online April 1
11 Mar 2014
The Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust, an online space devoted to the life and work of late playwright and activist Hansberry, will be established in April, according to the New York Times.
Created by Hansberry's estate, the virtual space will feature items that showcase her life as a writer, public intellectual and civil rights activist.
The Times reports the site will present never-before released photographs of Hansberry, a connection to her archive at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, biographical information, video clips of her television interviews and productions of her plays and audio of her radio interviews, speeches and cast recordings.
The website will also feature a bibliography of Hansberry's essays and articles, including her work as journalist for The Village Voice and other publications, as well as examples of her drawings, sketches and paintings.
"The big deal is to bring attention to her other work," Joi Gresham, the director and co-trustee of Hansberry's literary trust, said in an interview with the Times. "It's an opportunity for people to understand her many facets.
"The website was also spurred by the perception that her work is in the public domain and that it was not represented or guided by anyone," Gresham added.
One of Hansberry's most well-known works is the play A Raisin in the Sun, which highlights the lives of African Americans living in Chicago. First performed on Broadway in 1959, a revival of the play, directed by Tony Award nominee Kenny Leon and starring Tony Award winner Denzel Washington, will open on Broadway April 3.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.