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Brigit St. Brigit “A Raisin in The Sun”

Cassie Williams
September 30 2017

Brigit Saint Brigit will open its 25th anniversary season with Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 American
masterpiece A Raisin in The Sun.  The twenty-nine-year-old playwright’s powerful work sings as poignantly today as it did when it premiered on Broadway 60 years ago with Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, and Louis Gossett.

The story:  “In a slum in Chicago’s South Side, fifth and sixth generations of an African American family dream of escape. A grandmother and her daughter-in-law want better for their children; a son/husband/father chafes against his low-paid, dead-end job; a marriage cracks under financial pressures; a daughter/sister aims to become a doctor; a child wants to play.

Will their dreams, in the words of black American poet Langston Hughes (1902-67), ‘dry up/ like a raisin in the sun…/ Or [will they] explode’?
As Hansberry once said: ‘In order to create the universal, you must pay very great attention to the specific’ and this drama resonates with other lives similarly cramped by poverty. The main focus, though, is firmly and deliberately on black experience… The power and craft of the writing make A Raisin in the Sun as moving today as it was then. Entrenched attitudes about race make the challenges its characters face still relevant…” [The
Guardian]

The play opens September 7th , and runs through October 1st . More details are available at bsbtheatrecompany.com. For complimentary First Central member tickets, please contact
sara@firstcentral.org, or 402-345- 1533.