By Lorraine Hansberry
In a cramped apartment on the south side of Chicago, a struggling family awaits a life insurance payment that could change their circumstances. Matriarch Lena dreams of a nice house in a nicer neighborhood. Daughter Beneatha has her eye on medical school, while son Walter is scheming to buy a liquor store. Lorraine Hansberry’s searing drama about the struggle to achieve the American Dream in the face of racial tensions and economic disenfranchisement changed the face of American theater, and remains no less relevant today.
Triad Stage Book Club
Tuesday, January 30 @ 6 p.m. | Scuppernong Books
Book Title: A Short Walk by Alice Childress
Sunday, February 4 following 2:00 p.m. performance
Speaker: Dr. Cynthia Greenlee, an NC native and historian who specializes in the post-Civil War legal history of African-Americans and the U.S. South.
An Evening of Storytelling
Monday, February 5 @ 7 p.m. | UpStage Cabaret
Bring a story, bring a friend, or simply listen in to an evening of stories. Topic: Dreams.
Dudley High School Night
Wednesday, February 7 @ 7:30 p.m.
100 current students will attend, and alumni society is also invited with a discount.
YWCA Community Conversation
Monday, February 12 @ 6 p.m. | YWCA
An open conversation about the themes of race, class and gender in the show and in our community.
What happens to a dream deferred? This is the question that the play “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry aims to answer. The play takes place in Chicago during the 1950s and addresses issues such as domestic and racial tensions, oppressive forces and feminism. From Jan. 28 to Feb. 18, Triad Stage is performing a production of “A Raisin in the Sun,” directed by Dallas, Texas-based director and actor Tiffany Greene.
Triad Stage Pyrle Theater presents “one of the greatest American play ever written,” Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. Directed by Tiffany Nicole Greene, A Raisin in the Sun is a glimpse of a struggling African-American family living in a cramped apartment on the South Side of Chicago, set in the early 1950s.
Friday saw the opening of “A Raisin in the Sun,” a classic American play by Lorraine Hansberry at Triad Stage in downtown Greensboro. This play explores the racial tension present in the 1950s and the challenges of achieving the American dream. However, this play is nowhere near foreign to today’s social and economical climate. The characters, which consist of a family in Southside Chicago, are anxiously awaiting an insurance check that could change their life, by providing new opportunities for each of them.
Triad Stage brings in the talents of Tiffany Nichole Greene, a bright young director from Dallas, and several Triad Stage newcomers for “A Raisin in the Sun,” Lorraine Hansberry’s story of five African-American dreamers who live in a rathole apartment on the South Side of Chicago. That this 1950s play is so pertinent today is not only a tribute to Hansberry’s vision, but co-founder and artistic director Preston Lane’s seeming clairvoyance in choosing plays a season ahead that strike such a resounding chord to events in the here and now.
Greensboro’s Triad Stage is kicking off the new year with the American Classic, “A Raisin in the Sun.” Though the play debuted 60 years ago, themes of racial tension and issues of identity make this show a particularly insightful choice for the local non-profit theater. Reflecting on pre-civil rights tensions, the play highlights how institutions of racism and prejudice have stood the test of time.
Since its 1959 debut, Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” has been a classic of American theater. But when the Triad Stage production opens Sunday, be prepared to see this play through fresh eyes, with a story as relevant today as it was nearly 60 years ago.