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A Raisin in the Sun   

Ethel Barrymore Theatre, (3/11/1959 - 10/17/1959)
Belasco Theatre, (10/19/1959 - 6/25/1960)
First Preview: Mar 10, 1959 Total Previews: 1
Opening Date: Mar 11, 1959    
Closing Date: Jun 25, 1960 Total Performances: 530

Category: Play, Drama, Original, Broadway
Description: A play in three acts
Setting: Chicago's Southside. Sometime between World War II and the present.
Comments: "What happens to a dream deferred? / Does it dry up / Like a raisin in the sun? / Or fester like a sore -- / And then run? / Does it stink like rotten meat? / Or crust and sugar over -- / Like a syrupy sweet? / Maybe it just sags / like a heavy load. / Or does it explode?" --Langston Hughes

Production Staff
Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization
Produced by Philip Rose and David J. Cogan
Written by Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by Lloyd Richards
Designed by Ralph Alswang; Lighted by Ralph Alswang; Costumes by Virginia Volland; Sound Design by Masque Sound Engineering Company
General Manager: Walter Fried
Production Stage Manager: Leonard Auerbach; Stage Manager: Mervyn Williams
Press Representative: James D. Proctor and Merle Debuskey; Advertising: The Blaine Thompson Company and Fred Golden; Assistant to the Producer: Kenneth Schwartz and Mel Howard
Sidney PoitierWalter Lee Younger
Ruby DeeRuth Younger
Ivan DixonJoseph Asagai
Lonne Elder IIIBobo
John FiedlerKarl Lindner
Louis GossettGeorge Murchison
Ed HallMoving Man
Claudia McNeilLena Younger
Diana SandsBeneatha Younger
Glynn TurmanTravis Younger
Douglas TurnerMoving Man
Understudies: Frances Foster (Beneatha Younger, Ruth Younger), Ed Hall (George Murchison, Joseph Asagai), Beah Richards (Lena Younger), Douglas Turner (Bobo, Walter Lee Younger) and Mervyn Williams (Karl Lindner)
Tony Award®
 1960 Best Play [nominee] 
 Written by Lorraine Hansberry ;  Produced by Philip Rose and David J. Cogan
 1960 Best Actor in Play [nominee] 
  Sidney Poitier
 1960 Best Actress in a Play [nominee] 
  Claudia McNeil
 1960 Best Direction of a Play [nominee] 
  Lloyd Richards