Mondays at Beinecke: Lorraine Hansberry with Eric M. Glover and Ashley M. Thomas

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Monday, March 14, 2022 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm
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A talk in conjunction with the exhibition “Brava! Women Make American Theater”
Eric M. Glover is an assistant professor adjunct of dramaturgy and dramatic criticism at David Geffen School of Drama at Yale where he practices. Eric has also worked as a production dramaturge for Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun (Yale Repertory Theatre, University Theatre, New Haven, 2020). (More info:
Ashley M. Thomas was born and raised in Harlem, New York. She is interested in exploring the intersections of culture, politics, and Beyoncé through a Black feminist lens. She is a third year mfa candidate studying Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at Yale School of Drama
Their presentation at 4pm will be followed by conversation and Q&a for about half an hour at about 4:30pm.
About Lorraine Hansberry: Launched to stardom at just 28 when her first play was produced on Broadway, Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965) has been celebrated, and those celebrations reexamined, revised, and amplified, continuously since her tragic death from cancer at 34. “A Raisin in the Sun” entered the United States literary canon with its compassionate, righteous, and shrewd observations of a Black Chicago family struggling to realize “dreams deferred.” Hansberry adopted the title from a poem by Langston Hughes, whom she credited as an inspiration and eventually befriended. The play’s success gave Hansberry a voice and a seat at the negotiating table in the Civil Rights Movement.
Even before Raisin opened on Broadway, Hansberry evinced a surprising ambivalence about the play, born, it seems, of both humility and frustration with how it was interpreted by both collaborators and audiences. The success of Raisin has overshadowed Hansberry’s other works.

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