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March 26, 2003

GOODMAN THEATRE PRESENTS CONCERT READING OF "A RAISIN IN THE SUN" IN CONJUNCTION WITH CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY'S "ONE BOOK, ONE CHICAGO" PROGRAM

The Goodman Theatre will present a special concert reading of Lorraine Hansberry's A RAISIN IN THE SUN in conjunction with the Chicago Public Library's ONE BOOK, ONE CHICAGO program. This powerful story of an American family will be staged by Goodman Resident Director Chuck Smith, director of the Goodman's award-winning 2000 production of the play. This concert reading will be held Monday, April 7, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Harold Washington Library, located at 400 S. State Street on the Lower Level. This concert reading of A Raisin in the Sun is sponsored by Albert Ivar Goodman.

Forty years ago, A RAISIN IN THE SUN made history as the first play written by a black woman to be produced on Broadway. Forty years later, it is hailed as a classic of 20th century drama, a play grounded in its own time that speaks through the years to our own. Set in the 1950s on Chicago's South Side, A RAISIN IN THE SUN tells the story of the Younger family and their struggle for a better life. With her late husband's insurance money, Lena Younger plans to move her family into a nice house in a white neighborhood. But her son Walter Lee has plans of his own.

The Goodman Theatre's concert reading of A RAISIN IN THE SUN is free and open to the public. This concert reading will be held Monday, April 7, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Harold Washington Library, located at 400 S. State Street on the Lower Level. Patrons arriving late should enter on the Plymouth Court side of the building, one block west of State Street. Space reservations may be made by calling the Goodman Theatre Box Office at (312) 443-3800.

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