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Air Time: 
10/14/2015 - 11:30pm - 11:59pm
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PSIP Description: 
Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 play about the struggles of an African-American family is highlighted.
Long Description: 
Theater Talk's Emmy - nominated program focuses on Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking 1959 play about the struggles of an African-American family. The episode features highlights from 3 interviews that explore the drama from a variety of perspectives. First, Denzel Washington, star of the 2014 revival, and producer Woodie King, Jr. of The New Federal Theatre, reflect on how audience perceptions of the race and class issues in the play have evolved in 55 years. Next, actresses LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Sophie Okonedo and Anika Noni Rose discuss interpreting their iconic female characters in the revival. The episode ends with an archival 2002 interview with the late Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, plus A Raisin in the Sun's original producer, Philip Rose, remembering how they first mounted the show. "Nothing like that had been on Broadway before," Dee says, "where the central characters' lives were not involved with the welfare of somebody white."