Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Raisin in the Sun

I've been reading my way through the Reading Marathon list for VBPL, and found myself searching for a good read in the play category. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry definitely fit the bill. Set in the ghetto, this play tells the tale of a family trying to live out their dreams and escape their reality. It's a story of race relations in America that is all too disturbingly still a problem, even though the play was produced in the late 1950s.

Lorraine Hansberry was the first black woman to produce a play on Broadway in 1959, and the fact is, there haven't been that many since then. This story really could be plopped out of the middle any inner-city family of today. The writing is brilliant and brings us into the lives of a family of five living in a two bedroom apartment. Walter has a dream of starting his own business, Benetha wants to be a doctor, and Mama dreams of owning a home in the suburbs. And all those dreams are dependent on an insurance check being delivered in the mail.

As you can imagine, things go south, but in the end, we have hope that this family, having held their heads high against the obstacles presented to them, will live out some of their dreams into the future, even if they didn't come in the original packages they were hoping for. If you're not registered for the Reading Marathon yet, you should check it out and join in the race for the finish for 2017.

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