A Raisin in the Sun

Broadway
Play
Drama
Original
Lorraine Hansberry's landmark drama was one of the first on Broadway to examine African-American life on the cusp of the civil rights era. Walter Younger and his mother, Lena, both yearn to move their family out of Chicago's Southside ghetto. When Lena's late husband's insurance check arrives, Lena hopes to use it to buy a house in a white neighborhood — while Walter hopes to invest it in a liquor business.
  • Playwright: Lorraine Hansberry

Awards

New York Drama Critics' Circle
1959 Best American Play Winner
Outer Critics Circle
1959 Outstanding Actress in a Play Winner
Tony Award
1960 Actor in a Play Nominee
1960 Actress in a Play Nominee
1960 Direction of a Play Nominee
1960 Play Nominee