A Raisin in the Sun (1959) by Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965). Part I of II. Revised Syllabus. March 30- Blues for Mr. Charlie (Baldwin) April 2 nd - Dutchman (Baraka) April 6th- The Great MacDaddy (Harrison)
Part I of II
March 30- Blues for Mr. Charlie (Baldwin)
April 2nd - Dutchman (Baraka)
April 6th- The Great MacDaddy (Harrison)
April 9th- for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is ‘enough (Shange)
April 13th- A Soldier’s Play (Fuller)
April 16th- Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Wilson)
April 20th -Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Wilson)
April 23rd- The Colored Museum (Wolfe)
April 27th and 30th- Top Dog/Underdog (Parks)
Lorraine Hansberry: Playwright and Social Agitator“All art is Ultimately Social: that which agitates and that which prepares the mind for slumber”
Social Realism developed as a reaction against idealism and the exaggerated ego encouraged by Romanticism. Consequences of the Industrial Revolution became apparent; urban centers grew, slums proliferated on a new scale contrasting with the display of wealth of the upper classes. With a new sense of social consciousness, the Social Realists pledged to “fight the beautiful art” any style which appealed to the eye or emotions. They focused on the ugly realities of contemporary life and sympathized with working-class people, particularly the poor. They recorded what they saw (“as it existed”) in a dispassionate manner.
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
“OCOMOGOSIAY!” is a Yoruban chant that “welcomes the hunters back to the village."
"Owimoweh" is the title of a Yoruban chant, referring to the waking of the lion.