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EDUCATION MATINEE 2017-18 – A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun
Feb 14 – Mar 23, 2018

By Lorraine Hansberry; Directed by Warren C. Bowles

Recommended Grade Level: 8–12

The Setting: Washington Park Neighborhood; Chicago, Illinois; 1950s

Suggested Areas of Study and Discussion: American Drama and Literature; The Great Migration; Discriminatory Housing Practices; The American Dream; Institutional Racism in the 1950s and Today; American History; Comparative Study of Film and Drama; Lorraine Hansberry, Playwright

The Story: An African-American family struggles with poverty, racism, and inner conflict as they strive for a better way of life. Based on Hansberry’s family’s attempt to live in a wealthy white neighborhood in Chicago, A Raisin in the Sun is a deeply moving story about the Younger family, who, after the death of their husband and father, struggles to come to a consensus on how to spend the $10,000 life insurance his death will bring them. Each of the family members dreams of a new future that this money will provide. As they discuss who should decide and how the money should be used, the characters share the depth of their dreams and the heartbreak of their bitter desperation. The first play by a Black woman to be performed on Broadway, this historically significant literary work will illuminate and provoke discussion about current issues and policies that underlie and stem from institutional racism in America.

Performance Length: 2 ½ hours (Including Intermission)

Location: Park Square’s Andy Boss Thrust Stage

study guide – view/download 

Park Square Theatre Study Guides are created for teachers by teachers to introduce students to the world of the play. The guides contain a plot summary, character information, and activities and articles that help establish the historical, literary and cultural context of the play. Study Guides are designed to be classroom-ready, allowing educators to duplicate materials for easy distribution to students. We also offer Modified Guides to help prepare EL students.

= 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30 by arrangement
Red =  10:30, 11:00, 11:30 by arrangement.
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Please contact Quinn Shadko
Phone: 651.291.9196

Student Matinee Ticket Pricing

Student Tickets: $15
Chaperone Tickets: One free for every 20 students (Additional chaperones $15)

  • To assist you with your planning we can divide your school’s invoice into two easy payments.*
  • Payments can be made by check or credit card
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  • Please note that Park Square Theatre cannot accept individual checks from students

 *dependent on time of booking

Please contact Quinn Shadko
Phone: 651.291.9196

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