The difference between what it means to be African American vs. African
A series of FIRSTS The first play brought to Broadway by a black woman (young and unknown) Directed by a young black unknown director (Lloyd Richards) There had never been a serious commercially successful black drama Shown in a theatre with few black audience members… AND IT WAS A HIT!!!
Analyzing Literature Look at the book now… What is one of the things we should ask ourselves right now, before weve even read the play?
The significance of the TITLE From a poem by Langston Hughes. Title: Harlem What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat…
Check the CAST LIST Can you tell anything about the relationship of the characters based on the cast list? Ruth Younger Travis Younger Walter Lee Younger (Brother) Beneatha Younger (Sister) Lena Younger (Mama)
Check the SETTING Does the setting give you any clues about the story? Does the time period give you any clues? Over what period of time does the action take place? Set on Chicagos Southside, sometime between World War I and the present… Why do you think its such a wide range of time? See your book…
Read the DIRECTORS NOTES The italicized parts interspersed throughout the play They give you IMPORTANT INFORMATION about the set, characters, and movements of characters. They tell you HOW A LINE IS SAID, which gives you more information about the characters
STAGE RIGHT, CENTER, LEFT, Proscenium, Leg, Border
UP STAGE vs. DOWN STAGE Check your stage knowledge Up stage Down stage Proscenium Stage left Stage right Leg Border