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BERKELEY — California Shakespeare Theater begins its 2014 season with one of the trailblazing works in the American theater, “A Raisin in the Sun,” by Lorraine Hansberry.

“A Raisin in the Sun” plays at the Bruns Amphitheater from May 21 through June 15.

Hailed by the New York Times as the play that “changed American theatre forever,” “A Raisin in the Sun” marked the first time a play by a black woman about the struggles of black families appeared on the Broadway stage. Set in 1959 Chicago, the Younger family dreams of moving up and out of their rundown Chicago neighborhood; their longing for a better life cause each of them to confront their own feelings about security, wealth and their obligations to family.

Single tickets are on sale. Call 510-548-9666 or visit CalShakes.org. Also in the season lineup are “The Comedy of Errors,” directed by Aaron Posner, June 25-July 20; “Pygmalion,” July 30-Aug. 24; and “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Sept. 3-28.

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