Theatre and race in Lorraine Hansberry’s Les Blancs

April 12, 2016

An excerpt from an OUPblog article published on Friday 8th April 2016, written by Kirsten E. Shepherd-Barr, author of Modern Drama: A Very Short Introduction.

Modern Drama: A Very Short Introduction

'Many playwrights have explored race relations, particularly in America. The growth of the Civil Rights Movement gave rise to a range of plays protesting racism and exploring the African American experience. Lorraine Hansberry made history as the first black woman to have a play on Broadway:
A Raisin in the Sun, also the first play on Broadway to be directed by a black director (Lloyd Richards). It was a sensational success, and it emerged from a feeling shared by other minority groups that purportedly ‘realistic’ plays were not showing everyone’s reality. Based on Hansberry’s own experiences, the play shows a black family in Chicago struggling to move out of poverty and into a white neighbourhood called Clybourne Park.'

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