A Raisin in the Sun

Artists I admire: The actors and director for A Raisin in the Sun at Brooklyn High School of the Arts

The highlight of the evening for me came when Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School took the stage with excerpts from their production of A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry directed by Lisanne Shaffer. I teach this play at least once a year in a course at NYU, sometimes more, but I've only seen it once in performance. I think the story of the Younger family has the potential to resonate for people across a variety of communities because it deals very specifically with class differences while also revealing the struggles of an African American family in Chicago in the 1950s.