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A Raisin In the Sun

Issue No. 2185

Racists threw a brick through eight year old Lorraine Hansberry’s window with such force that it embedded itself in a wall.

This was because her African-American family moved into an all-white area.

This event and the legal fight that followed inspired her lifelong struggle for racial equality.

Originally produced in 1959, this groundbreaking work was the first successful Broadway play by a black writer.

By portraying the experience of black people in the US with realism and complexity she forced both blacks and whites to re-examine the “American dream”.

Royal Theatre Exchange, Manchester
Directed by Michael Buffong
27 January-20 February

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Tue 19 Jan 2010, 18:59 GMT
Issue No. 2185
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