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a staged reading

Saturday, April 8th at 2pm

at the Museum of the African Diaspora



Written by Traci Tolmaire and co-created with Margo Hall, IN THE EVENING BY THE MOONLIGHT reimagines a magical moment in the life of Hansberry at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Set in her Waverly Place flat in New York, the legendary writer shares a rowdy, scotch-filled evening debating, confronting fears, and celebrating the hope of revolution with the incomparable musician Nina Simone and the prolific writer James Baldwin.


“The idea of producing a new work honoring the memory of our theatre’s namesake came early on in my tenure,” says LHT Artistic Director Margo Hall. “Most associate Lorraine with A Raisin in the Sun, but how many know Lorraine, the activist? The intellectual? We placed this artist at the center of our new play, and put her in dialogue with two other icons of American thought, activism, and artistry. It’s a revelation!”

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a touring sculpture celebrating the life and impact of Lorraine Hansberry


On View

April 5 - 30

at the Museum of the African Diaspora

Lorraine Hansberry Theatre is also thrilled to be partnering with the Museum of the African Diaspora and The Lillys to present an installation of a sculpture celebrating the life and impact of our award-winning namesake.


Continuing a national tour as part of The Lillys’ Lorraine Hansberry Initiative, To Sit A While features the figure of Hansberry surrounded by five life-size, bronze chairs, each representing a different aspect of her too-short life and under-recognized legacy.

“I invite you to take a seat,” says artist Alison Saar, the sculptures creator. “Congregate with friends to read poems or sing songs of resistance. Gather with strangers to share ideas and dreams. Come alone and be inspired by the brilliance of Lorraine Hansberry.”

Learn more about the Lorraine Hansberry Initiative and the sculpture's national tour.

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