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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 Movies

National Theatre Live: Les Blancs
 
[2020]
writer

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

New Repertory Theatre Announces its 2023 Season Photo New Repertory Theatre Announces its 2023 Season
by Stephi Wild - Jan 27, 2023

New Repertory Theatre has announced its 2023 Season, as the company continues to build on its nearly 40-year legacy of excellent, provocative theatrical productions that speak to the vital issues of our time.  Learn more about the full performance lineup here!

Theatre Rhinoceros Presents APOLOGIES TO LORRAINE HANSBERRY (YOU TOO AUGUST WILSON):  Photo Theatre Rhinoceros Presents APOLOGIES TO LORRAINE HANSBERRY (YOU TOO AUGUST WILSON): A FREE STAGED READING
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 26, 2023

Two years ago, Rachel Lynett's play Apologies to Lorraine Hansberry (You Too August Wilson) was selected from 2,000 submissions to win the coveted Yale Drama Series Prize; this winter, San Franciscans will have the privilege of seeing Lynett's daring, straight-to-your-face allegory read and staged in person.

Fredi Walker-Browne to Star in RAISIN the Musical at Axelrod Performing Arts Center Photo Fredi Walker-Browne to Star in RAISIN the Musical at Axelrod Performing Arts Center
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 26, 2023

To mark the 50th anniversary of its 1973 premiere on Broadway, the Axelrod Performing Arts Center will present the musical Raisin, starring Fredi Walker-Browne. See how to purchase tickets!

The White Theatre Presents KINKY BOOTS Beginning This Weekend Photo The White Theatre Presents KINKY BOOTS Beginning This Weekend
by Stephi Wild - Jan 23, 2023

The Lewis and Shirley White Theatre at The Jewish Community Center (The J) will warm up your cold winter nights with its upcoming production of the sizzling Broadway Musical 'Kinky Boots' opening Saturday evening, Jan. 28 (7:30 p.m. curtain) for its four-weekend run through Sunday, Feb. 19.

Cycle 3 of Douglas Lyons' The NEXT WAVE INITIATIVE to Open Submission This Month Photo Cycle 3 of Douglas Lyons' The NEXT WAVE INITIATIVE to Open Submission This Month
by Blair Ingenthron - Jan 20, 2023

The Next Wave Initiative has announced open submissions for Cycle 3 of its scholarship program. Founded by Broadway multi-hyphenate, Douglas Lyons (Parade at City Center, and Chicken and Biscuits,), The Next Wave Initiative is a developmental branch of The Directors Company committed to amplifying future Black voices in the American theatre.

World Premiere of Luis Alfaro's THE TRAVELERS to be Presented at The Magic Theatre in Photo World Premiere of Luis Alfaro's THE TRAVELERS to be Presented at The Magic Theatre in February
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 19, 2023

The Magic Theatre has announced the cast and creative team for the World Premiere of Luis Alfaro‚Äôs¬†The Travelers. Directed by Catherine Castellanos,¬†The Travelers¬†will perform from February 15 ‚Äď March 5, 2023 at¬†Magic Theatre‚Äôs Fort Mason location.

P73 Names Majkin Holmquist 2023 Playwriting Fellow; Interstate 73 Playwrights Announc Photo P73 Names Majkin Holmquist 2023 Playwriting Fellow; Interstate 73 Playwrights Announced
by Blair Ingenthron - Jan 18, 2023

Page 73, the acclaimed organization that develops and produces the work of early-career playwrights who have yet to receive a professional production in New York City, has named its 2023 Playwriting Fellow and announced its 2023 Interstate 73 Writing Group. Majkin Holmquist is the 20th playwright honored with the Playwriting Fellowship, the organization's most prestigious award.

Former Broadway Castmates Anika Noni Rose And Jason Dirden Are Married! Photo Former Broadway Castmates Anika Noni Rose And Jason Dirden Are Married!
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 17, 2023

Tony-winner Anika Noni Rose has wed fellow actor Jason Dirden. The pair met in 2014 while performing together in the Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun. 

Wake Up With BWW 1/13: HERE LIES LOVE on Broadway, Idina Menzel in a New Musical, and Photo Wake Up With BWW 1/13: HERE LIES LOVE on Broadway, Idina Menzel in a New Musical, and More!
by - Jan 13, 2023

Top stories include Here Lies Love headed to Broadway this year! Plus, Idina Menzel will star in a new world premiere musical at La Jolla, and more!

Complete Cast Announced for Oscar Isaac & Rachel Brosnahan Led THE SIGN IN SIDNEY BRU Photo Complete Cast Announced for Oscar Isaac & Rachel Brosnahan Led THE SIGN IN SIDNEY BRUSTEIN'S WINDOW
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 12, 2023

BAM (The Brooklyn Academy of Music) has announced the full company and creative team for the first New York revival in 50 years of Lorraine Hansberry's The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window. See how to purchase tickets!

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.