Special Events

Don't miss these special events honoring the legendary
Chicago playwright.

  • The Chuck Smith Lecture Series: In Her Own Words: The Lorraine Hansberry/Studs Terkel Interview

    Monday, May 2 | 7pm
    Owen Theatre, Goodman Theatre
    FREE; Reservations Required

    After the historic Broadway premiere of A Raisin in the Sun, legendary Chicago journalist Studs Terkel spoke with Lorraine Hansberry, resulting in one of her most incisive and personal interviews. Revisit this extraordinary look into Hansberry's life with Northwestern University professor Harvey Young and Goodman Resident Director Chuck Smith.


  • Artist Encounter | The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window

    Sunday, May 8 | 5pm
    Healy Rehearsal Room, Goodman Theatre
    $5 for the general public; Free for Subscribers, Donors and students

    Join Anne Kauffman, director of the Goodman production of The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, and Joi Gresham, executive director of the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust, as they discuss the complex historical, political and social themes and extraordinary prescience of Lorraine Hansberry’s final completed play.



  • Scholar Discussion | A Raisin in the Sun and The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window | SOLD OUT

    Tuesday, May 10 | 7pm
    Healy Rehearsal Room, Goodman Theatre
    FREE; Reservations Required

    Northwestern University professor and Lorraine Hansberry scholar Harvey Young analyzes Hansberry’s first and last plays, focusing on the author’s social activism and the political movements which each work predicted. Excerpts from each play will be read by some of Chicago’s most
    noted actors.

    sold out

  • Carl Hansberry: His World and Legacy |
    A Bus Tour of South Side Chicago

    Saturday, May 14 | 10:30am
    Tour departs from Goodman Theatre
    Approximate length of tour: 2 hours
    $15 for the general public; $10 for Subscribers, Donors and students

    Architecture critic and writer Lee Bey leads a bus tour of the South Side neighborhoods where Lorraine Hansberry grew up—and tells the inspiring story of her father, realtor and activist Carl Hansberry, and his fight against some of the most restrictive housing laws in the country.



  • Scholar Discussion | The Drinking Gourd and What Use Are Flowers?

    Monday, May 16 | 7pm
    Healy Rehearsal Room, Goodman Theatre
    FREE; Reservations Required

    Director and writer Coya Paz leads an in-depth look at two unproduced works by Lorraine Hansberry, the teleplays The Drinking Gourd and What Use Are Flowers? The evening will feature excerpts from these rarely-performed works, as well as contextual discussions of race, justice and the power artists hold to incite change. 


  • Scholar Discussion | Les Blancs | SOLD OUT

    Tuesday, May 17 | 7pm
    Arts Incubator, 301 East Garfield Boulevard
    FREE; Reservations Required

    Completed after her death and not performed until 1970, Lorraine Hansberry’s complex chronicle of race, oppression and an Africa on the brink of colonial revolt is discussed by Northwestern University professor Ivy Wilson, author of Specters of Democracy: Blackness and the Aesthetics of Nationalism. In addition, scenes from the play will be performed by local actors.


  • Scholar Discussion | To Be Young, Gifted and Black: How Much Has Changed? | SOLD OUT

    Monday, May 23 | 6:30pm
    Harold Washington Library, 400 South
    State Street
    FREE; Reservations Required

    Director and critic Dani Snyder-Young explores Lorraine Hansberry’s autobiography in an interactive analysis of Hansberry’s background as it relates to contemporary urban education, intersections between race and class and the ways in which African American women learn to navigate public life. Excerpts from the book will be performed by playwright and actress Lydia R. Diamond.


To learn more about Lorraine Hansberry Day on May 19 and the Lorraine Hansberry Awards on May 24, please visit this page.

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