A Raisin in the Sun is a play that everyone should read or see performed in their lifetime, so if you haven’t already, head to Footlight Players Theatre right away. Written by Lorraine Hansberry, the play debuted on Broadway in 1959 and was made into a film starring Sidney Poitier in 1961. It tells the story of the Youngers, who live on the south side of Chicago, as they attempt to better their lives. Mama must decide what to do with $10,000 from the life insurance policy of her late husband. Does she give it to her son Walter Lee, who wants to open a liquor store to help provide for his wife Ruth and their son Travis? Does she give it to her daughter Beneatha for her medical school tuition. Or does she buy a house for herself and her family? Footlight’s version is directed by Henry Clay Middleton.