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To Be Young, Gifted, and Black

A Portrait of Lorraine Hansberry in Her Own Words
Adapted by Robert Nemiroff
Directed by Malkia Stampley

Jul 31, 2024


To Be Young, Gifted, and Black: A Portrait of Lorraine Hansberry in Her Own Words is a play adapted from Lorraine’s own writings – unpublished plays, letters, interviews, and journal entries. The narrative weaves across time and space, from her early childhood in Chicago to her college years, concluding with her losing battle with terminal illness at the age of 34. Director Malkia Stampley takes what’s on the page and weaves in further context from the original memoir of the same name in a lyrical staged reading that invites us to reconsider Hansberry’s legacy. 

July 31, 2024 | Theatre West, The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts (915 E 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637) | Activation at 5:30pm at the Logan Café (food available for purchase) | Reading at 6:30pm

This event is part of this year’s Spotlight Reading Series; all programming in the Spotlight Reading Series are free and open to the public. Learn more about the annual series here.

Artwork: to render the infinite by zakkiyyah najeebah dumas-o’neal. 

Artistic Team

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