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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 1960.
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
Cast
Sidney Poitier Walter Lee Younger
Brother
Ruby Dee Ruth Younger
Ivan Dixon Joseph Asagai
Lonne Elder III Bobo
John Fiedler Karl Lindner
Louis Gossett George Murchison
Ed Hall Moving Man
Claudia McNeil Lena Younger
Mother
Diana Sands Beneatha Younger
Glynn Turman Travis Younger
Douglas Turner Moving 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 Actor in Play [nominee]
Sidney Poitier