The play “A Raisin in the Sun” made its Broadway debut in 1959. Since then, it has been made into a musical, and a few films. Acting heavy weights Sidney Poitier, Danny Glover, Joe Morton, and now Denzel Washington, have all starred in this production.
Written by Lorraine Hansberry, “A Raisin in the Sun” tells the story of a family who lives in deep poverty on the South Side of Chicago. The working class family is anxiously awaiting a $10,000 insurance check that was left to them by the deceased head of their household.
As the story unfolds, the family squabbles over what they should do with the insurance money—and eventually when it does arrive, the widowed matriarch, Lena, decides to take a portion of the insurance funds and put a down-payment on a new home. She then gives the rest to her son Walter to invest, although she was against it at first.