Hansberry In an Hour

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A child, Lorraine Hansberry was in the front yard of her new home, located in an all-white neighborhood, when a mob of angry neighbors gathered. She ran inside, where a brick came crashing through the living room window, narrowly missing her. Lorraine always remembered the terror of that day — feelings that erupted for the world to witness when A Raisin in the Sun debuted on Broadway in 1959.

Setting the playwright in context to her personal ...

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A child, Lorraine Hansberry was in the front yard of her new home, located in an all-white neighborhood, when a mob of angry neighbors gathered. She ran inside, where a brick came crashing through the living room window, narrowly missing her. Lorraine always remembered the terror of that day — feelings that erupted for the world to witness when A Raisin in the Sun debuted on Broadway in 1959.

Setting the playwright in context to her personal life, social, historical and political events, other writers of influence, and more, you will quickly gain a deep understanding of Lorraine Hansberry and the plays she wrote. Read Hansberry in an Hour and experience her plays like never before. Know the playwright, love the play!

The book features:

• Hansberry in an Hour, the main essay of the book

• Hansberry In a Minute, a snapshot chronology

• A complete listing of Hansberry's work

• A list of Hansberry's contemporaries in all fields

• Excerpts from Hansberry's significant works

• An extensive bibliography grouped according to type of reader

• An index of the main essay.

Playwrights in an Hour is a series devoted to the most produced and studied playwrights in the English language, from the Greek masters to contemporary writers, and written by leading authorities in the field. Each short book places the playwright and his or her work in historical, social, and literary context.

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Editorial Reviews

American Theatre Magazine
[Playwrights in an Hour Series is] a kind of Great Playwrights for Dummies series ...they are brisk and lively
Examiner.com
[Playwrights in an Hour Series is] a quick and easy alternative to Wikipedia ...
LA Times Online
Is there a more trustworthy source [than Wikipedia] that can offer a quick fix of theatrical knowledge? The publishing house Smith & Kraus perhaps has the answer... ? a kind of Red Bull for theater buffs ...
Midwest Book Review
[Playwrights in an Hour Series is]...remarkable....outstanding, yet inexpensive, and thoroughly 'reader frendly', making it a strongly recommended supplement for academic curriculums, community theater groups, and public library collections.
Stage Directions
These 27 [of the Playwrights in an Hour Series] books should be especially welcomed by actors and directors.
The Dartmouth
[Playwrights in an Hour Series is] a succinct crash course on the lives of 27 influential dramatists throughout history ...
Washington Post
... each book [of the Playwrights in an Hour Series] contains a wealth of information ... that will get any novice out of a date jam or provide a veteran playgoer with fresh insights on an old favorite... . The series delivers succinctness with depth.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936232154
  • Publisher: Smith & Kraus, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Playwrights in an Hour
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 4.60 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

E. Teresa Choate is an Associate Professor and Assistant Chair at the Department of Theatre in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. She teaches theater history and dramatic literature, performance theory, dramaturgy, and script analysis, as well as period styles of acting. She is also a director who has mounted over seventy productions to date. She holds an alphabet soup's worth of degrees in theatre: Ph.D. (UCLA), M.F.A. in directing (Catholic University of America), M.A. (Denver University). She is currently the President of Alpha Psi Omega, the National Honor Theatre Society for colleges and universities. She is the author of Electra USA: American Stagings of Sophocles Tragedy.

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