Denzel Washington, Sophie Okonedo, and More Starred in the 2014 Revival of A

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Kenny Leon’s revival of A Raisin in the Sun opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre April 3, 2014. The production played 27 previews and 85 performances before closing June 15, 2014, earning five Tony Award nominations and winning three, including Best Revival of a Play.

Written by Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun tells the story of Walter Younger and his mother, Lena, who both yearn to move their family out of Chicago’s Southside ghetto. When Lena’s late husband’s insurance check arrives, Lena hopes to use it to buy a house in a white neighborhood — while Walter hopes to invest it in a liquor business. The landmark drama, which premiered in 1959, was one of the first on Broadway to examine African-American life on the cusp of the civil rights era.



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