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Lorraine Hansberry

 
Lorraine Hansberry Headshot
Date of Birth: May 19, 1930
Date of Death: January 12, 1965 (34)

Birth Place: Chicago, IL, USA

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Broadway, 1961]
Director

Writing

Playwright
Playwright
Playwright
Source Material
Playwright
Bookwriter


Lorraine Hansberry Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 1960 - Best Play
Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1959 - Best American Play Gold Star
Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun

Lorraine Hansberry News

The Actors Studio to Host Three Special 75th Anniversary Events in December Photo The Actors Studio to Host Three Special 75th Anniversary Events in December
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 28, 2022

Starting this week, The Actors Studio will continue its 75th Anniversary celebration as the world’s most celebrated and influential membership association for professional actors, directors and playwrights. In December, the legendary studio will open its doors to the public for with three special events, each free and open to the public.

Concord Theatricals Acquires Licensing and Publishing Rights for the Catalog of Will Photo Concord Theatricals Acquires Licensing and Publishing Rights for the Catalog of William S. Yellow Robe, Jr.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 22, 2022

Concord Theatricals and DG Copyright Management have announced that Concord’s Samuel French imprint will represent the legendary William S. Yellow Robe, Jr.’s full dramatic catalog for licensing and publishing.

Play On Shakespeare and The Magic Theatre Announce Multi-Year Residency Photo Play On Shakespeare and The Magic Theatre Announce Multi-Year Residency
by Stephi Wild - Nov 22, 2022

Play On Shakespeare, the not-for-profit organization dedicated to exploring the world of Shakespeare in performance through translation and adaptation, has announced a multi-year residency with The Magic Theatre.

The Actors Studio Hosts Three Special 75th Anniversary Events This December Photo The Actors Studio Hosts Three Special 75th Anniversary Events This December
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 21, 2022

This December, The Actors Studio continues its 75th Anniversary celebration as the world's most celebrated and influential membership association for professional actors, directors and playwrights. The legendary studio, located at 432 West 44th Street, will open its doors to the public for with three special events, each free and open to the public.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, THE PROM, And More Announced for Ephrata Performing Arts Ce Photo THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, THE PROM, And More Announced for Ephrata Performing Arts Center 2023 Season
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 18, 2022

On November 18, 2022, the Ephrata Performing Arts Center (EPAC) announced the show titles for the upcoming 2023 season. The season will feature three plays, three musicals, and one youth production.

Concord Theatricals Launches New Record Label, Concord Theatricals Recordings Photo Concord Theatricals Launches New Record Label, Concord Theatricals Recordings
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 18, 2022

Concord Theatricals announced the launch of its new record label, Concord Theatricals Recordings. The label will be the home to many of the finest cast albums and theater artist recordings, including Concord Theatricals’ previous releases with Concord’s Craft Recordings label.

San Francisco's 3Girls Theatre Returns To Live Performance In 2023 Photo San Francisco's 3Girls Theatre Returns To Live Performance In 2023
by Stephi Wild - Nov 18, 2022

San Francisco's 3Girls Theatre Company returns to a full schedule of live performances for the first time since March of 2020, when their New Works Festival—literally only days away from taking the stage— was shut down by the pandemic. 

Interview: Playwright Jim Leonard on the L.A. premiere of ANATOMY OF GRAY Photo Interview: Playwright Jim Leonard on the L.A. premiere of ANATOMY OF GRAY
by Shari Barrett - Nov 17, 2022

Jim Leonard has published eight plays, including The Diviners, And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson, and Battle Hymn, with his theatrical honors including the Outer Critics Circle Award, an Ovation Award, the Dramatists Guild Award, and an LA Weekly Award for best play.

Video: A RAISIN IN THE SUN's Toussaint Battiste & Camden McKinnon are On the Rise! Photo Video: A RAISIN IN THE SUN's Toussaint Battiste & Camden McKinnon are On the Rise!
by Candace Cordelia - Nov 17, 2022

Meet the younger Youngers of A Raisin in the Sun! In this video, Toussaint Battiste and Camden McKinnon tell us all about playing Travis Younger off Broadway at the Public Theater.

SDC Foundation Professional Development Program 2022-2023 Season Cycle 1 Opportunitie Photo SDC Foundation Professional Development Program 2022-2023 Season Cycle 1 Opportunities Now Open
by Stephi Wild - Nov 11, 2022

Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) is now accepting applications for its Professional Development Program 2022-2023 Season Cycle 1.

Lorraine Hansberry Videos

Video: A RAISIN IN THE SUN's Toussaint Battiste & Camden McKinnon are On the Rise! Videoplay
Video: A RAISIN IN THE SUN's Toussaint Battiste & Camden McKinnon are On the Rise!

by Candace Cordelia - Nov 17, 2022

Meet the younger Youngers of A Raisin in the Sun! In this video, Toussaint Battiste and Camden McKinnon tell us all about playing Travis Younger off Broadway at the Public Theater.

VIDEO: First Look At TAMBO & BONES At The Kirk Douglas Theatre Videoplay
VIDEO: First Look At TAMBO & BONES At The Kirk Douglas Theatre

by Alan Henry - May 17, 2022

The World premiere production of Dave Harris' new work, 'Tambo & Bones,' is now on stage in Los Angeles at the Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre and continues through May 29. A co-production with Playwrights Horizons, this explosive new work from one of the country's fastest rising playwrights will be directed by Taylor Reynolds.

VIDEO: SLAVE PLAY Script Revisited in Jeremy O. Harris' 'Notes on Style' Videoplay
VIDEO: SLAVE PLAY Script Revisited in Jeremy O. Harris' 'Notes on Style'

by Stage Tube - Mar 1, 2021

A new video has been released from Slave Play, and its playwright, Jeremy O. Harris, called 'Notes on Style.'

Broadway Rewind: Pulitzer Prize-Winning CLYBOURNE PARK Opens on Broadway in 2012 Videoplay
Broadway Rewind: Pulitzer Prize-Winning CLYBOURNE PARK Opens on Broadway in 2012

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 20, 2020

Today we rewind to 2012 when Bruce Norris' Pulitzer Prize-winning Clybourne Park opened on Broadway.

VIDEO: First Look - PBS Presents Documentary on A RAISIN IN THE SUN Playwright Lorrai Videoplay
VIDEO: First Look - PBS Presents Documentary on A RAISIN IN THE SUN Playwright Lorraine Hansberry

by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2018

One week after the anniversary of her death, American Masters -- Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart premieres nationwide Today, January 19 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) and will stream the following day at pbs.org/americanmasters and PBS apps. Check out the trailer below!

VIDEO: First Look - PBS Presents Documentary on A RAISIN IN THE SUN Playwright Lorrai Videoplay
VIDEO: First Look - PBS Presents Documentary on A RAISIN IN THE SUN Playwright Lorraine Hansberry

by Caryn Robbins - Dec 4, 2017

One week after the anniversary of her death, American Masters -- Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart premieres nationwide Friday, January 19 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) and will stream the following day at pbs.org/americanmasters and PBS apps. Check out the trailer below!

Ebony Repertory Theatre presents FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE Starring Obba Babatundé
by A.A. Cristi - May 19, 2017

Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT - Producing Artistic Director, Wren T. Brown) presents FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE starring Emmy Award-winner Obba Babatunde (Dreamgirls - Tony Award nomination, Broadway's Chicago, CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful) as 'Nomax.'

VIDEO: Playwright Antoinette Nwandu Talks PASS OVER at Steppenwolf
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2017

Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the world premiere production of Pass Over by Antoinette Nwandu, directed by Danya Taymor. A bold, incendiary riff on Waiting for Godot, the complete cast features ensemble member Jon Michael Hill (Moses), Julian Parker (Kitch) and Ryan Hallahan (Mister). Steppenwolf recently sat down with the playwright to discuss her new work - see what she had to say below!

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at the Making of Seattle Rep's A RAISIN IN THE SUN
by Stage Tube - Oct 6, 2016

Seattle Repertory Theatre presents A Raisin in the Sun, a classic Lorraine Hansberry's drama, directed by Timothy McCuen Piggee. A Raisin in the Sun is currently running thru October 30, 2016 in the Bagley Wright Theatre. Tickets are on sale now through the Seattle Rep Box Office at (206) 443-2222 and online at seattlerep.org.  BroadwayWorld brings you a sneak peek at the making of the show below!

STAGE TUBE: In Case You Missed It- Theater Talk's Tribute to Ruby Dee
by Stage Tube - Jun 13, 2014

In tribute to actress Ruby Dee, Theater Talk presents an encore episode featuring their 2002 interview with Ms. Dee and her husband, actor Ossie Davis, along with Philip Rose, the original producer of A Raisin in the Sun. The trio discuss the early days of bringing Lorraine Hansberry's classic play to the stage. Ms Dee created the role of Lena Younger, the same part that won Sophie Okonedo a 2014 Tony Award, last Sunday.


Lorraine Hansberry Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Lorraine Hansberry written?
Lorraine Hansberry has written 6 shows including Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window (Bookwriter), To Be Young Gifted and Black (Playwright), Les Blancs (Playwright), The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window (Playwright), Raisin (Source Material), A Raisin in the Sun (Playwright).

What awards has Lorraine Hansberry been nominated for?
Best Play (Tony Awards) for A Raisin in the Sun and Best American Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for A Raisin in the Sun .

What awards has Lorraine Hansberry won?
Best American Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for A Raisin in the Sun.