PlayDramaOriginalBroadway
Opening Date
Mar 11, 1959
Closing Date
Jun 25, 1960
1st Preview
Mar 10, 1959
1st Preview
Mar 10, 1959
Previews
1
Performances
530
PlayDramaOriginalBroadway

ABOUT THIS PRODUCTION

Theatres
Ethel Barrymore Theatre
(Mar 11, 1959 - Oct 17, 1959)
Belasco Theatre
(Oct 19, 1959 - Jun 25, 1960)

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 Or does it explode?" --Langston Hughes

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
Walter Lee Younger
Brother
Ruth Younger
Joseph Asagai
Karl Lindner
George Murchison
Moving Man
Lena Younger
Mother
Beneatha Younger
Travis Younger
Moving Man
Understudies: Frances Foster (Beneatha Younger, Ruth Younger), Ed Hall (Joseph Asagai, George Murchison), Beah Richards (Lena Younger), Douglas Turner (Walter Lee Younger, Bobo) and Mervyn Williams (Karl Lindner)

Ethel Barrymore Theatre (Mar 11, 1959 - Oct 17, 1959)

Cast

Walter Lee Younger
Brother
Lena Younger
Mother

Belasco Theatre (Oct 19, 1959 - Jun 25, 1960)

Production Stage Manager: Peter Lawrence

Cast

Walter Lee Younger
Brother
Joseph Asagai
Moving Man
Travis Younger
Understudies: Billie Allen (Beneatha Younger), Tyrone Cooper (Travis Younger), Lincoln Kilpatrick (Joseph Asagai, George Murchison) and Elwood Smith (Walter Lee Younger)

Tony Award®

 

Best Play

1960 Nominee
Written by Lorraine Hansberry
Produced by Philip Rose and David J. Cogan
 

Best Actor in Play

1960 Nominee
Sidney Poitier
 

Best Actress in a Play

1960 Nominee
Claudia McNeil
 

Best Direction of a Play

1960 Nominee
Directed by Lloyd Richards
PRODUCTIONS

More Productions by Opening Date