A Raisin in the Sun
by Lorraine Hansberry
The New York Times calls this “the play that changed American theater forever.” In this play, Hansberry - a pioneering, female, African-American playwright - covers issues of racism, discrimination, generational clashes, civil rights, and the women’s movement through the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family. The Younger family’s heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.
LANGUAGE: Mild profanity. The language includes “d*mn,” “d*mned,” “h*ll,” “for Chr*st’s sake,” “oh my G*d,” “son of a b*tch,” “g*dd*mit,” and the “N” word. A Raisin in the Sun was written in 1959 when African Americans were still referred to as “colored” or “negro” and those terms are used throughout.
SMOKING AND DRINKING: There are references to drinking. One of the main characters wants to buy a liquor store, and in one scene he arrives home drunk and obnoxious.
SEX: A married couple kiss and dance. One of the character’s boyfriend tries unsuccessfully to kiss her.
VIOLENCE: A mother slaps her daughter. A mother and father threaten to spank their son for misbehaving. There is a mention of lynchings.
FOR WHICH AUDIENCES? Recommended for ages 13 and older.
RATING: The movie version of A Raisin in the Sun was rated “PG-13”.