A Raisin in the Sun is a play by Lorraine Hansberry that debuted on Broadway in 1959. The title comes from the poem "Harlem" by Langston Hughes. The story tells of a black family's experiences in the Washington Park Subdivision of Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood as they attempt to "better" themselves with an insurance payout following the death of the father. The New York Drama Critics' Circle named it the best play of 1959. It was the first ever play written by an African-American woman to be produced on Broadway. The play has remained a classic American play since its debut, produced multiple times a year across the nation. It’s universal themes of love, loss, and hope within the family structure has endeared it to audiences across cultural lines.