A family in Southside Chicago is going through its everyday struggles in the squalor it calls home. Walter Lee Younger, the eldest son of the family knows that he wants far more than life has offered him and feels trapped in this whirlwind of an existence. He knows that if things don’t change, he will not be able to even catch a breath. Writer Lorraine Hansberry explores the pain of this man, and instils the play with a sense of pathos in all the scenes between Walter and Ruth, his wife.
It is also a piece that deals with how people change with each generation, a historical document that articulates the fact that not much has changed in life, and that the questions posed a couple of decades ago are still unanswered today and the walk of those who asked those questions is not done yet.
A Raisin in the Sun, directed by James Ngcobo and written by Lorraine Hansberry, is produced by the Market Theatre, in association with the US Embassy SA, and will be showing at the John Kani Theatre from 3 to 28 February 2016.