Stage Notes: The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window

Stage Notes: The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window

In this 11-minute video, Director Juliette Carrillo and Lue Morgan Douthit, Director of Literary Development and Dramaturgy, talk about Lorraine Hansberry and this lesser known play that she wrote at the end of her life. This excerpt is part of OSF’s Informed Volunteer Program (IVP), an evening for OSF artistic staff to share with volunteers more details about the plays and productions and includes scenes from the 2014 production.

The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window is the second and last play staged during the lifetime of its author, Lorraine Hansberry. The play is a story about a man named Sidney, his pitfalls within his personal life, and his struggles within Bohemian culture. The play premiered October 15, 1964 and received mixed reviews. It encompasses themes including prostitution, drug and alcohol abuse, homosexual slurs, sexuality, race, and suicide.

The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window opened at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival on February 15 and will continue playing through July 3, 2014. OSF is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1935; their season runs Tuesday–Sunday February through October in three theatres: two indoor stages and a flagship outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre. When you visit you can see one or two plays or up to nine plays in one week. For information about OSF, visit

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Poster for the 2014 OSF production

Tuesday, March 18, 2014