The classic story of the Younger family remains universally relevant and deeply relatable more than 60 years after it first hit Broadway. In pursuit of the American Dream, this dynamic African American family wrestles with the push to assimilate into a white Chicago neighborhood, and the pull of their cultural roots. These opposing forces both unite and divide the family, as each grapple with the social issues that challenge their identity – and the personal choices that will determine their future.
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About the writer
Lorraine Hansberry was a playwright and activist. She was the first African-American and youngest American to win the New York Critics’ Circle Award. "A Raisin in the Sun" was her first and most successful play as well as the first play written by an African-American to be produced on Broadway. Her second play, "The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window," also ran on Broadway. Hansberry died of pancreatic cancer in 1965 at age 34. Her remaining unfinished works, "Le Blancs," "The Drinking Gourd" and "What Use Are Flowers?" were edited and published by her ex-husband, Robert Nemiroff.
About the director
Marissa Wolf (Director) KC Rep: Director of New Works/Associate Artist; directing debut. Regional: Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, San Francisco Playhouse, Shotgun Players, Cutting Ball Theatre, The Magic Theatre, and Berkeley Playhouse. Ms. Wolf previously served as the Artistic Director of Crowded Fire Theater in San Francisco for six seasons, where she developed and produced work by a vanguard of top emerging playwrights including Christina Anderson (Kansas City born and raised playwright), Lauren Gunderson, Young Jean Lee, Christopher Chen, Aditi Brennan Kapil, Caridad Svich, Thomas Bradshaw, and Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig. In her first year as Director of New Works/Associate Artist at Kansas City Rep, Ms. Wolf is launching Origin KC, a program that supports the creation, development, and production of new work from a diverse body of major national playwrights. Awards: Best Director (nomination, Broadway World San Francisco); the Bay Area Critics Circle Award; the Bret C. Harte Directing Internship at Berkeley Repertory Theatre for two years. Education: BA, Vassar College, additional training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Upcoming: Ms. Wolf will direct the world premiere of Fire in Dreamland by Rinne Groff (co-commissioned by The Public Theater and Berkeley Rep) as part of the Origin KC New Works Festival (KC Rep).
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