On March 26 and March 27, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in collaboration with the LakeArts Foundation will present a special event- Women and Diversity in the Theatre at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. Combining a screening of the exciting new documentary Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart profiling
life and work of playwright/activist Lorraine Hansberry with a companion workshop focusing on women and diversity will provide an exciting opportunity to focus on diversity and the role of women in theatre
At the age of 29, Hansberry was the Girst African-American woman to write a play performed on Broadway- Raisin in the Sun–starring Sidney Poitier. Her play, depicting community segregation in Chicago, would resonate in cities throughout the country. As an activist, making change in her cultural and political life, Hansberry would go on to become a journalist, working with giants like James Baldwin, W.E.B. Dubois, and Paul Robeson.