Lorraine Hansbury's "A Raisin in the Sun" opens on Broadway

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Thornton Wilder born

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  • Sophocles' Antigone: Ancient Greek Theatre, Live From Antiquity!

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    Return to ancient Athens for the world premier of Antigone, a play by Sophocles.

  • Dramatizing History in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"

    "Witchcraft Victims on the Way to the Gallows," by F.C. Yoyan, appeared in  the Boston Herald, May 14, 1930.

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  • "A Raisin in the Sun": The Quest for the American Dream

    Harlem street scene in the 1950s

    The play A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, is used as a focal point for discussion of "The American Dream" as students explore how the social, educational, economical and political climate of the 1950s affected African Americans' quest for the good life in the suburbs.

  • Being in the Noh: An Introduction to Japanese Noh Plays

    "Floating Bridge of Dreams," from a chapter of the Tale of Genjii

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  • Thornton Wilder's "Our Town": The Reader as Writer

    Portrait of Thornton Wilder, as Mr. Antrobus in "The Skin of Your Teeth," by  Carl Van Vechten (August 18, 1948).

    To appreciate some of the extra-literary elements of a play, students pause at various intervals in their study of Thornton Wilder's Our Town to develop their own settings, characters, and conflicts.

  • William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream": Conflict Resolution and Happy Endings

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    The activities in this lesson invite students to focus on the characters from A Midsummer Night's Dream, to describe and analyze their conflicts, and then to watch how those conflicts get resolved.