Black History Month: Lorraine Hansberry
Since February is Black History Month, all month long we’ll be celebrating African Americans who have made incredible contributions to the theater.
First up, Lorraine Hansberry, the first black woman playwright to have her play performed on Broadway. A Raisin in the Sun opened on Broadway March 11, 1959 and earned a total of four Tony Award nominations for Best Play, Best Actor in Play for Sidney Poitier, Best Actress in a Play for Claudia McNeil, and Best Direction of a Play for Lloyd Richards.
Though the original production didn’t take home any Tony Awards, it solidified Lorraine Hansberry’s place in history and has since gone on to two successful Broadway revivals in 2004 and 2014.