LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: ‘Raisin’ Play Does Justice to Original

Lizan Mitchell dominates the stage as Lena Younger in "A Raisin in the Sun" at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Southwest, running through May 7. (Photo by C. Stanley Photography)
Lizan Mitchell dominates the stage as Lena Younger in "A Raisin in the Sun" at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Southwest, running through May 7. (Photo by C. Stanley Photography)

I just had the privilege of seeing “A Raisin in the Sun” by renowned black playwright, the late Lorraine Hansberry, at Arena Stage. For years, I enjoyed reruns of the movie version of this dynamic play, starring Sydney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Claudia McNeil and others. I could not have imagined any other cast besides them in the roles Hansberry created. But then I saw this current version of the play, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the new actors and actresses did an outstanding job of bringing Hansberry’s play to life. This literary piece is a timeless story of an African-American family trying to make its dreams a reality in the face of racial discrimination and a new African heritage pride movement, characterized excellently by the role of daughter Beneatha. From the stage set to the passionate acting, this play is a winner! I would have no hesitation in seeing it again. If Hansberry had lived longer, I know she would have given us even more literary excellence than this. I urge all who can to see this production.

Carolyn Hastings
Washington, D.C.

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