• Warner Norcross Sponsors “A Raisin in the Sun”

A Raisin in the SunWarner Norcross & Judd LLP and Fifth Third Bank are pleased to co-sponsor the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre‘s upcoming production of A Raisin in the Sun. The play opens on January 23 and runs through February 8.

About the Play

This groundbreaking play premiered 50 years ago and remains a compelling drama to this day.

Playwright Lorraine Hansberry, took the title of the play from a Langston Hughes poem, which asks: “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?

The play centers on the Youngers, a family on the south side of Chicago in the 1950s. When an insurance check arrives following the death of the grandfather, the family members see a chance to achieve their dreams.

As Frank Rich of the New York Times wrote in a review 25 years ago, Hansberry “forced both blacks and whites to re-examine the deferred dreams of black America. She asked blacks to reconsider how those dreams might be defined; she demanded that whites not impede the fulfillment of those dreams one more second. And she posed all her concerns in a work that portrayed a black family with a greater realism and complexity than had ever been previously seen on an American stage.” The New York Drama Critics’ Circle awarded Hansberry the Best American Play of the Year award in 1959, the first time the award was presented to an African American author.