American Playhouse

  • 1982
  • 11 Seasons

One of PBS's most distinguished series, mounting superb dramas and musicals by the likes of (to name just a few) Eugene O'Neill, John Cheever, Lanford Wilson, Mark Twain, Thornton Wilder, James Baldwin and Stephen Sondheim. Perhaps the most memorable (and controversial) presentation: `Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City,' which won a Peabody Award.

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Season 8, Episode 1 A Raisin in the Sun

First Aired: February 1, 1989

Lorraine Hansberry's “A Raisin in the Sun,” about a black ghetto family's American dreams. Lena: Esther Rolle. Walter Lee: Danny Glover. Ruth: Starletta DuPois. Beneatha: Kim Yancey. Travis: Kimble Joyner. Asagai: Lou Ferguson. Linder: John Fiedler.

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