4 pages in length. Theater has long held the power to indoctrinate and enlighten; given the reach this particular type of medium has with regard to social commentary, it is no wonder why such plays as Raisin in the Sun, Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World and M Butterfly have had both the individual and collective ability to impart a tremendous impact upon the concept of multiculturalism. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World and M Butterfly have had both the individual and collective ability to impart a tremendous impact upon the concept of
multiculturalism. One cannot discuss this inherent connection between theater and multiculturalism without discussing Lorraine Hansberrys Raisin in the Sun, a play that reflects the true essence of a colorblind society
and the detrimental ripple effect such shortsightedness has upon the concept of multiculturalism. Hansberry, "the first play by a black woman ever to be produced in a Broadway theater"
(Domina xi), had a special vision into the future that she successfully infused into her story, grappling with issues of segregation and other civil rights problems where others were more
than a bit afraid to go. Indeed, Hansberrys personal and cultural strength allowed her to bypass the inherent barriers erected to those of color living in a white mans
society and successfully broached the topic of multiculturalism to an eagerly awaiting audience (Domina xi). The truth that lies within this play is
that which addresses the inherently complicated and diverse attitudes as they exist within each individual. Raisin in the Sun is about human nature - the very truth of human
nature - which is why it is often painful to accept. Indeed, Hansberrys work represents all that is the human experience, a pertinent reason why it appeals so greatly
to a limitless audience. If Hansberry is considered a groundbreaker for multicultural theater, then Suzan-Lori Parks - whose talent for "defying convention is the norm" (The Non-Conformist) - can be
dubbed her successor in the fight for a greater equality of the masses. Nonconforming by nature, Parks Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World strives