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‘The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window’ reshapes the legacy of Lorraine Hansberry

Stars Oscar Isaac and Rachel Brosnahan, producer Jeremy O. Harris and more reveal their new perspective on a playwright the public thought they knew.

Lorraine Hansberry (Credit: Courtesy of DKC/O&M)

At the mention of the name Lorraine Hansberry, people probably immediately think “A Raisin in the Sun.” Although it’s true that Hansberry became the first Black female playwright produced on Broadway with that particular drama, and while she passed away just six years after its Broadway bow, “A Raisin in the Sun” is not representative of her full oeuvre.

“She actually had this enormous career before she died at the too-young age of 36,” said Greg Nobile, a producer on the current Tony-nominated revival of Hansberry’s lesser known “The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window.” “For us, a really important part of the conversation around this play is engaging folks with understanding the legacy of Lorraine.”

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