The Cast of A Raisin in the Sun Talks Class, Race and Michael Dunn

A revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s landmark play opens April 3.


Asked about the state of race in the theater world and specifically if there are more opportunities there for people of color than in Hollywood, Kenny Leon replied, “I think Broadway and regional theater are microcosms of life in America, and I think there are not nearly enough opportunities for women, for Hispanics, for African Americans in theater. Just like there are not nearly enough in the film world.” But, he cautioned, “I don’t want to spend my life arguing if there is racism. I want to spend my life trying to make a difference and trying to create opportunities so we can balance the playing field.”

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