The Theater: The Faith That Faded

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Book by ROBERT NEMIROFF and CHARLOTTE ZALTZBURG

Production Directed and Choreographed by DONALD McKAYLE

Time falls like snow on all but the greatest of plays. It blurs their shapes, buries their points, exaggerates their defects and smothers their urgencies under a blanket of fresh, and sometimes chilling realities. When Raisin in the Sun first appeared in 1959, it heralded the awakening of the black consciousness. The central event of the play, the decision of a ghetto family to move into a house in an all-white neighborhood seemed just, proper and fittingly democratic. It also seemed like an elementary step toward righting racial inequity...

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