Racial covenants that kept Black people out of certain neighborhoods of Chicago, and across the U.S., are not just a thing of the past. Today, there are organizations including Chicago Covenants still trying to un-do them, and the harm they caused. Chicago-raised playwright Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun is perhaps the best known […]
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She sees you, white American theater
Alice Childress’s Trouble in Mind made its off-Broadway debut in 1955, but it never made the leap to the Great White Way (emphasis most definitely on “White”). The white producers demanded that Childress give her story about racism in the American theater a happier ending depicting racial harmony. (Pause for irony.) Childress refused at first, […]
Tyla Abercrumbie is about more than The Chi
Playwright, actor, director, and artist Tyla Abercrumbie remembers when she was called to theater as clear as day. Blue lights beamed from a ceiling as Alvin Ailey dancers weaved and flowed with silk fabrics, making grade school Tyla feel like she was swimming in an ocean as the company of dancers performed their “Wade in […]
Invictus Theatre brings light and heat to A Raisin in the Sun
Lorraine Hansberry’s classic gets a sturdy and heartfelt revival.
What happened to A Raisin in the Sun
Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 masterpiece, A Raisin in the Sun, is still a potent indictment.
Best Reminder of How Chicago Got So Segregated
Former home of the Hansberry family