A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun
March 12 - April 11, 2009 (Opening March 13)
McGuire Proscenium Stage

This award-winning drama tells the story of an African American family living on Chicago's south side in the 1950s. Recently widowed, Lena Younger receives a check from her husband’s life insurance and plans to buy a home for her family, freeing them from the cramped tenement in which she, her two children, daughter-in-law and grandson live. However, her son Walter plans to invest the money in a business in an effort to become the man of the family. As one dream is fulfilled another is deferred. The Washington Post said A Raisin in the Sun is “one of a handful of great American plays” and The New York Times called it “a play that changed American theater forever.” Don’t miss this vital and hopeful portrait of one family’s search for the American dream.  

A Raisin in the Sun
opened on Broadway in 1959 and for the first time hailed an all-black principal cast, a black playwright and a black director. It was nominated for four Tony Awards. 2009 marks the 50th anniversary of the inspiring classic about a working class black family struggling to make it in America.

Run time

3 hours with one intermission


Play Guide
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Adeoye (Joseph Asagai), David Alan Anderson (Walter Lee Younger), Damon Russel Armstrong (Bobo), Lucas Bellamy (Moving Man), Franchelle Stewart Dorn (Lena Younger), Kyle Haden (George Murchison), Steven Nicholas Jackson (Travis Younger), Bakesta King (Beneatha Younger), Erika LaVonn (Ruth Younger), Patrick Thomas O'Brien (Karl Lindner), Payton J. Woodson (Moving Man), Garbleejee L. Zeogar (Travis Younger understudy)

Photo Gallery

Photos by Tim Fuller (2, 4, 5, 8) and Peter Jennings (1, 3, 6, 7)