The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window (1972 Revival)
Lorraine Hansbury (Playwright)
17 – 29 January, 1972
Sidney, an intellectual writer and his wife, Iris, who are in a difficult marriage, struggle through life in New York City's Greenwich Village neighborhood. Alton Scales is an African-American activist and Sidney's friend who falls in love with Iris's beautiful sister Gloria, a supposed international model. But, Gloria's idealistic image is shattered when Alton learns that she is a prostitute and not an international model as she and her sister Iris had insisted. Wrought with anguish at the idea of his beloved being used as a commodity, and tying it to the same ideology used to justify the African slave trade, Alton leaves Gloria. In an act of desperation and shame, Gloria commits suicide.