A Raisin in the Sun
June 25 - July 13 | Main Stage
To mark the 60th anniversary of the Broadway opening of Lorraine Hansberry’s masterpiece, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner S. Epatha Merkerson and Francois Battiste breathe new life into this American classic. Lena Younger (Merkerson) and her son Walter Lee (Battiste) are at odds. Lena wants to use her late husband’s life insurance to move her family out of their cramped apartment on Chicago’s South Side. Walter Lee would rather use the funds to start a business and become an independent man. As their dispute intensifies, the powerful and destructive forces of 1950s America come knocking at the Youngers’ front door. Directed by Obie Award winner Robert O’Hara, Hansberry’s fearless interrogation of hope in the face of racial and economic strife is as provocative and powerful today as when it premiered.
A Raisin in the Sun is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Walter Lee Younger
New York Times Critics’ Pick
“An absorbing, watershed revival, devastatingly of-the-present.”
“Robert O’Hara’s interpretation of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic, starring a brilliant S. Epatha Merkerson, puts the audience in the hot seat.”
“Mr. Battiste and Ms. Merkerson are beautifully matched, with a crackling trans-generational chemistry.”
-Ben Brantley, The New York Times
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