Lorraine Hansberry Theatre
Founded in 1981 by Stanley E. Williams, Founding Artistic Director, and Quentin Easter, Founding Executive Director, the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre is currently led by Artistic Director, Steven Anthony Jones, and has performed for seven seasons in numerous venues around San Francisco. In 1988, they opened their first home opened in the Landmark YWCA building at 620 Sutter Street.
The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre has produced over 130 plays, including west coast and world premieres, experimental works, classics in the African-American canon, lively musicals, and poignant socio-political dramas by Wole Soyinka, Derek Walcott, Toni Morrison, Charles Fuller, Alice Walker, Adrienne Kennedy, Ntozake Shange, Maria Irene Fornes, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, August Wilson, and Lorraine Hansberry, to musicals celebrating Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Lester Young, Fats Waller, Eubie Blake, and new works by Robert Alexander, Roger Guenveur Smith, David Rouss. Distinguishing itself as an eclectic learning community, The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre draws from the aesthetic, cultural and economic resources of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Artistic Director, Steven Anthony Jones, was a core company actor at the American Conservatory Theatre and has acted and directed in over fifty plays across America and originated the role of Private James Wilkie in the original production of “A Soldier’s Play” at the Negro Ensemble Company in New York City. He received his early training at Karamu House in his hometown of Cleveland.
Their recent presentation, “A Soulful Christmas" was presented in December. Among the plays, the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre has presented include Suzan-Lori Parks’ “Topdog/Underdog,” a reading presentation of “The Fall of Heaven by Walter Mosley, “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” “Sophocles’ Elektra” translated and adapted by Timberlake Wertenbaker, among many others. For info: Lorraine Hansberry Theatre 777 Jones St., San Francisco, CA, (415) 345-3980, www.lhtsf.org