RAISIN IS "A MASTERPIECE! A shattering production directed by Liesl Tommy."- The Boston Globe
"CAPTIVATING AND SHARPLY RESONANT! There is every reason to see this production."- WGBH
"SIMPLY BRILLIANT! Exquisitely rendered with a wonderful ensemble cast. A MUST-SEE!" - Berkshire Fine Arts
"A SUPERB ENSEMBLE!"  - WBUR

"MOVING, ILLUMINATING, AND PERPETUALLY RELEVANT! " - Joyce's Choices   
"OUTSTANDING ACTORS, and director Tommy imbues this production with dignity and strength. "- Talkin Broadway 
"STUNNING! The Huntington’s production is nothing short of REMARKABLE!"  - Metro

In a crowded apartment in Chicago’s South Side, each member of a struggling African-American family yearns for a different version of a better life. An impending and sizeable insurance payment could be the key. Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking 1959 classic drama is an inspiring and fiercely moving portrait of people whose dreams are constantly deferred. 

Approximate running time: 3 hours, including one 10-minute intermission.

"With Ruined and her fresh approach to Ma Raineys Black Bottom, Liesl created two of the most artistically exciting productions of recent memory at the Huntington. Now she brings her perspective to one of the greatest American plays ever written."- Artistic Director Peter DuBois

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Articles

  • Review of the Original 1959 Broadway production

    Read the original The New York Times review of the 1959 Broadway production of A Raisin In The Sun.

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  • Catching Up With Clybourne

    Nearly fifty years after the Younger family moved to Chicago’s fictional white Clybourne Park neighborhood in A Raisin in the Sun, another Chicagoan did a bit of seminal neighborhood integration himself. It was in this climate of Barack Obama becoming the first African-American President of the United States and moving into the White House that Bruce Norris premiered his 2010 play Clybourne Park, a companion of sorts to Raisin.

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  • Liesl Tommy: A Ferocious Storyteller

    In 1995, Liesl Tommy auditioned for a role in the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of A Raisin in the Sun. Fast forward 17 years, and she is now the director behind the casting table auditioning actors for the same role.

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  • A Dream Realized: Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

    Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun charts the quests for success and happiness in the Younger family as they seek to buy a house in a restricted neighborhood. In tragedy, in comedy, and in drama, these fictional, mid-twentieth century families represent for us the touchstone of our cultural legacy: striving to achieve the American dream. There is one notable difference, however. 

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  • Lorraine Hansberry's Legacy

    The Luck of the Irish playwright Kirsten Greenidge reflects on the personal impact of Lorraine Hansberry's legacy.

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  • Fighting for Home: The Roots of A Raisin in the Sun

    "No part of said premises shall in any manner be used or occupied directly by a negro or negroes."— Clause of the Woodland Neighborhood Restrictive Challenged By Carl Hansberry in 1938

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Press Reviews

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RAISIN IS "A MASTERPIECE! A shattering production directed by Liesl Tommy reminds us how fully and richly it continues to reverberate. All the passion Hansberry poured into her play comes surging through in the performances by Tommy’s ensemble." - The Boston Globe
"SHARPLY RESONANT! This cast leaves you aching to pull the Youngers’ dreams into reach."- WGBH
"SIMPLY BRILLIANT! Exquisitely rendered with a wonderful ensemble cast. A MUST-SEE!" - Berkshire Fine Arts
"A SUPERB ENSEMBLE!"  - WBUR
"SEARING! ‘Raisin’ is given new life by a smart director and stellar cast. McClain and Scott send Hansberry’s words soaring." - Cape Cod Times
"REVELATORY! A searing new production." - The Arts Fuse
"A THEATRICAL POWERHOUSE! The performer to watch is LeRoy McClain."  - Patriot Ledger
"SEARING! ‘Raisin’ is given new life by a smart director and stellar cast. McClain and Scott send Hansberry’s words soaring."  - Cape Cod Times
"REVELATORY! A searing new production!"  - The Arts Fuse
"MOVING, ILLUMINATING, AND PERPETUALLY RELEVANT!"      - Joyce's Choices
"FIVE STARS! A terrific, blistering production of a groundbreaking work."- Boston Event Guide
"SMASHING! Tommy directs the outstanding production, evoking command performances from this superlative cast."- Theatre Mirror
"POWERFUL! The staging brings out the full grandeur of Hansberry’s play."- Bay State Banner
"SUBLIME!"- Edge Boston
"OUTSTANDING ACTORS, and director Tommy imbues this production with dignity and strength."- Talkin Broadway
"REMARKABLE PERFORMANCES!- The Hub Review
"AN INSPIRED REVIVAL!!" - Bay Windows
"STUNNING! The Huntington’s production is nothing short of REMARKABLE!"  - Metro
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Audience Buzz

"BRILLIANT. Thank you for this production."— David Drake, via Facebook
"Wonderful production. See it!"— Helene Mayer, via Facebook
"Saw this last night...GREAT PERFORMANCE!"— Annette Gonsalves, via Facebook
"It's a tour de force — exquisite in script, acting, staging and artistry. Not to be missed!!"— Faye Snider, via Facebook
"I Saw "A Raisin in the Sun" Today--A Masterly Production Worth Every Second"@calestous
"Tonight's performance of A Raisin in the Sun, at the @huntington, was a wonderfully intense experience. Thank you & Bravo!"@ProfAlexandy
"Three days past, and Raisin in the Sun resonates. What a play. Powerful performances, direction, set, lighting. Stellar. Thx @huntington."‏@stevehollinger
"Raisin in the Sun was great last night. A must see! @huntington"@JuliaBostonUSA
"Beautiful production. Acting first rate on part of all--exquisitely directed. Wonderful. Important play. ★★★★★!"— Theresa Mason, via Goldstar
"Wonderful production - acting was superb - set, as always, was terrific. ★★★★★!"— Paula Klein, via Goldstar
"Enjoyed every moment of the play. The acting was extraordinary and the presentation was moving and believable. ★★★★★"— Goldstar Member

Features

  • Huntington Restages A Raisin In The Sun

    From BU Today, March 13, 2013: "Peter DuBois says that he has wanted to stage a new production of Hansberry’s drama for some time, but it required finding a director who could breathe new life into it. When Liesl Tommy, who directed last year’s production of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, by August Wilson (Hon.’96), became available, DuBois says, he knew he’d found the right one. . . "
  • A Raisin In The Sun Inspires Spinoffs & Debate

    From The Boston Globe, March 2, 2013: "A Raisin In The Sun is sparking a reenergized debate about race relations in theaters here and nationwide. Why, at a time when some pundits have declared that the reelection of the nation’s first black president signified the dawn of a post-racial America, is there so much interest in Raisin and the issues it raises?"

Artists

  • Corey AllenGeorge Murchison
  • Jason BowenJoseph Asagai
  • Ashley EverageRuth Younger
  • Calvin BraxtonMoving Man
  • Cory JanvierTyler Younger (at select performances)
  • LeRoy McClainWalter Lee Younger
  • Will McGarrahanKarl Lindner
  • Maurice E. ParentBobo
  • Christian RobertsMoving Man
  • Kimberly ScottLena Younger
  • Keona WelchBeneatha Younger
  • Zaire WhiteTravis Younger (at select performances)
  • Liesl TommyDirector
  • Lorraine HansberryPlaywright
  • Clint RamosScenic Design
  • Kathleen GeldardCostume Design
  • Lap Chi ChuLighting Design
  • Broken ChordSound Design / Original Music
  • Leslie SearsProduction Stage Manager
  • Phyllis Y. SmithStage Manager

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Tuesday Preview, Wednesday matinee
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 Sunday matinee
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