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Lorraine Hansberry

Date of Death: January 12, 1965 (34)

Birth Place: Chicago, IL, USA

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Lorraine Hansberry Productions

[Broadway, 1961]


Source Material

Lorraine Hansberry Movies

[2020]National Theatre Live: Les Blancs writer

Lorraine Hansberry Awards and Nominations

Tony Awards - 1960 - Best Play

Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun

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Lorraine Hansberry News

Redline Performing Arts to Kick Off 6th Season With SINGLE BLACK FEMALE

Redline Performing Arts will kick off its 6th Season - A Tribute to Black Women with the upcoming production of Single Black Female by Lisa B. Thompson.

Interview: Kristen Adele Calhoun Excitedly World Premieres Her BLACK CYPRESS BAYOU

The world premiere of Kristen Adele Calhoun’s Black Cypress Bayou has already begun at the Geffen Playhouse. Tiffany Nichole Greene directs the cast of: Amber Chardae Robinson, Brandee Evans, Angela Lewis and Kimberly Scott. After a successful opening weekend, Kristen managed to find some time to answer a few of my queries.

Lyric Hammersmith Reveals 2024-25 Season, Including Revival of OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD and More!

The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre has announced its new 2024/2025 season, featuring a revival of the Olivier Award-winning play Our Country’s Good. Learn more about the full season here!

World Premiere of TOBACCO, ZIGZAGS & GUM Comes to the Marsh Berkeley

The Marsh Berkeley will present the world premiere of a stunning new work by film, television, and stage actor/writer Algiin Ford, Tobacco, Zigzags & Gum, developed and directed by David Ford.

Review: A RAISIN IN THE SUN at The Classic Theatre Of San Antonio

What did our critic think of A RAISIN IN THE SUN at The Classic Theatre Of San Antonio?

A RAISIN IN THE SUN Comes to The University of South Carolina's Dept. of Theatre and Dance This Month

The University of South Carolina Dept. of Theatre and Dance will present Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. Performances begin on February 23. Learn more about the production here!

Bryan Terrell Clark and Valisia LeKae to Join The New York Pops for HITSVILLE: CELEBRATING MOTOWN

 The New York Pops will celebrate the hits of Motown on Friday, March 15, 2024 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall joined by guest artists Bryan Terrell Clark and Valisia LeKae.

THE FAMILY TABLE Comes to AMC Performance Company in February

In a world where life can be tough and laughter is often in short supply, AMC Performance Company is bringing a refreshing new perspective. Texas native and Atlanta newcomer Robert King Jr. is premiering his latest comedy, 'The Family Table,' coming February 2024. We recently sat down with the writer, director, and cast ahead of the world premiere to learn more about the inspiration behind the show.

Review: Lyric Stage Company's TROUBLE IN MIND Proves Playwright Stood Her Ground for Good Reason

What did our critic think of TROUBLE IN MIND at The Lyric Stage Company of Boston?

A RAISIN IN THE SUN to be Presented at Bristol Riverside Theatre This Winter

For its third production of the 2023-24 season, Bristol Riverside Theatre will present a poignant depiction of 1950s Chicago from the experiences of one Southside family in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun.

World Premiere of Tina Howe's Final Play WHERE WOMEN GO to be Presented at at HERE Mainstage in February

The Tent Theater Company, in association with Concord Theatricals, will present the premiere production of Tina Howe’s final play, Where Women Go, running February 9-25 at HERE Mainstage.

FAT HAM, Billy Porter & More Receive GLAAD Award Nominations

GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, has announced the nominees for the 35th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, including five Broadway shows, Billy Porter, Reneé Rapp, The Color Purple, High School Musical the Musical the Series, Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, and more.

World Premiere of DIRTY WHITE TESLAS MAKE ME SAD to be Presented by The Magic Theatre and Campo Santo

The Magic Theatre and Campo Santo will present the world premiere of 'Dirty White Teslas Make Me Sad' by Ashley Smiley.

Great Barrington Public Theater Kicks Off 2024 With A Conversation With Jeff Zinn January 29

Great Barrington Public Theater hosts a live conversation and Q&A with Jeff Zinn, a writer, director, and theater guru, on January 29 at St. James Place.

Concord Theatricals Launches A CHORUS LINE Licensing Competition For Schools In Under-Resourced Communities

Concord Theatricals is launching A CHORUS LINE Licensing Competition for schools in under-resourced communities nationwide.

Director Jon Royal Selected As The SDCF 2023 Lloyd Richards New Futures Resident Artist At St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre

Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) announces that Jon Royal, a director, teaching artist, and facilitator from Nashville, TN, has been selected as the 2023 Lloyd Richards New Futures Resident Artist at St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre, where he will work with Founder and Producing Director Ron Himes.

Review: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Closes the Year at Celebration Arts

When Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A Raisin in the Sun, debuted at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in 1959, she became the first African American woman to have a play performed on Broadway. Its themes of discrimination and resiliency continue to be as relevant now as they were when it was written, and it is still being taught in schools as an eye-opening account of the African American experience. Celebration Arts recently concluded its talent-filled adaptation of this classic with sold-out performances to close out their 2023 Season of “Overcoming.”

Last Chance to Vote for the BWW Orlando Awards; Voting Ends 12/31

It's the final week left to vote for the 2023 BroadwayWorld Orlando Awards! Voting ends on 12/31 at midnight. Don't miss out on making sure that your favorite theatres, stars, and shows get the recognition they deserve!

Fuse Theatre Ensemble To Head Into 2024 With An Updated Space, Season, and Events Schedule

Fuse Theatre Ensemble has announced that it will be going into 2024 with an updated space, season, and events schedule. Fuse has revamped their seating, added concessions, and added a weekly late-night event schedule, in addition to announcing their 2024 season. 

Interview: Heather Alicia Simms Talks the 'Enormous' Legacy of PURLIE VICTORIOUS And More As the Play Hits 100 Performances on Broadway

The acclaimed Broadway revival of Ossie Davis's play Purlie Victorious will play its 100th performance today December 22. Joining stars Leslie Odom, Jr. and Kara Young is veteran actor Heather Alicia Simms in the role of Missy Judson. Read our interview!


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).

Lorraine Hansberry has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. She was nominated for Best Play at the Tony Awards for her work on "A Raisin in the Sun." Additionally, she was also nominated for the Best American Play award at the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for the same production, "A Raisin in the Sun." These nominations recognize her exceptional talent and contributions to the world of theater.

Lorraine Hansberry has won the Best American Play award from the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for her play, A Raisin in the Sun.

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