The Big Read: A Raisin in the Sun


Golden Isles Arts & Humanities is excited to bring readings of two award winning dramas to the Ritz stage during The NEA Big Read: A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry and Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris. The readings will take place February 21-23, 2019 on alternating days and times.

Raisin in the Sun tells of a black family's experiences in the Washington Park Subdivision of Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood as they attempt to "better" themselves with an insurance payout following the death of the father. The New York Drama Critics' Circle named it the best play of 1959. Clybourne Park was written in 2010 as a spin-off to Lorraine Hansberry's play. It portrays fictional events set before and after the Hansberry play, and is loosely based on historical events that took place in the city of Chicago. It won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play.

Local actors under the direction of Heather Heath will bring the words to life. "Though not a full production, this will be a wonderful opportunity to hear two exceptional pieces of theatre," said Heather. "It also will provide an opportunity for discussion on issues that remain at the forefront of national conversations. It promises to be powerful and thought-provoking."

Raisin in the Sun will be read on Thursday, February 21st at 7 pm and again on Saturday, February 23rd at 3 pm. Clybourne Park will be read on Friday February 22nd at 7 pm and Sunday, February 23rd at 7 pm. Both plays contain strong language and deal with strong issues and are not suitable for younger audiences. Tickets are $5 in advance; $10 the day of the reading and can be purchased securely online at, by calling 912.262.6934 or by dropping by the Ritz Theatre Tuesday-Friday 9 am to 5 pm.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Coastal GA's Big Read is a partnership between: Golden Isles Arts & Humanities, Marshes of Glynn Libraries, College of Coastal Georgia and Three Rivers Regional Libraries
with additional support from: The Brunswick News, Literary Guild of St Simons Island, and hello/Goodbuy. For more information on the NEA Big Read visit