Raisin in the Sun is one of the great American plays and was written by Lorraine Hansberry when she was in her late 20s.
Comprised of an ensemble cast where every actor contributes significantly to outcome of the performance. All of the main characters are well developed and each has a story to tell from their own perspective. It is amazing how Lorraine had the experience, much less the wisdom, to craft such an inspiring story of the human condition at such a young age. Sadly she died in 1965 at the age of 34.
If you've never seen this play I urge you to try to whether it be at a community theatre, college, or even on film. There are frequent productions of it running in every part of the country. It is currently playing on Broadway in a new revival at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre where it was first performed in 1959.
This production stars Denzel Washington, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Anika Noni Rose, and Sophie Okenedo. In their conversation with Charlie Rose below they discuss what it's like to perform the play and what each character means to them.