I had a great time working on A Raisin in the Sun for this newsletter. It makes me sad to know that Lorraine Hansberry died so young and wonder what other plays were in her future. The story of this play is both epic and simple. A family living on the south side of Chicago struggles with poverty, struggles to maintain dignity, and dreams of a better life. What will they do to get this better life when a $10,000 insurance check arrives?
A Raisin in the Sun is an excellent example of the relationship between character and conflict. When I teach playwriting, I speak about conflict being the obstacle in the way of a character getting what they want. These characters have defined wants which are incredibly important to them: