The core mission of Lorraine Hansberry Theatre is to create theatrical works by, for, and about African American people and other people of color. Lorraine Hansberry Theatre has produced more than 135 plays, including West Coast and World Premieres, experimental works, classics in the Black theatre canon, lively musicals, and poignant socio-political dramas.



By Erika Dickerson-Despenza

Co-production with SF Playhouse

Directed by Margo Hall 

March 13 - April 3, 2021

On-demand streaming play

Involuntarily displaced in Chicago two months post-Katrina, 13-year-old Davis wrestles with the cultural landscape of a new city and school community while secretly coping with the PTSD of an assault at the Superdome. With her mother still in New Orleans committed to the fight for Black land ownership and her father committed to starting a new life in the Midwest, divorce threatens to further separate a family already torn apart. Will Davis be left hanging in the balance? [hieroglyph] traverses the intersection of environmental racism, sexual violence, and displacement, examining the psychological effects of a state-sanctioned man-made disaster on the most vulnerable members of the Katrina diaspora.


[hieroglyph] contains depictions of violence and sexual abuse, which could be disturbing to some viewers.

COMING SOON: Intimate Apparel

We're excited to announce that we will be presenting an audio play of Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel. Our March 2020 production of this heart-rending work was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so we're thrilled to be able to share it with you.


More information will be available at a later date.



Recent Productions

Intimate Apparel

by Lynn Nottage

Directed by Jan Hunter

March 13 - 29, 2020
Buriel Clay Theater

Single Black Female

Oct. 25th - Nov. 10th

by Lisa B. Thompson

Directed by Aejay Mitchell

The Urban Retreat
by A. Zell Williams
March 23 - April 6, 2019


We are a not-for-profit theatre. DONATIONS and support are always appreciated.

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San Francisco, CA 94102


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