The Public Theater's Off-Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun completes its twice-extended run November 20 at the Newman Theater. The production opened October 25. Read reviews for the revival here.
Francois Battiste and Tonya Pinkins lead the company as Walter Lee Younger and Lena Younger, respectively, appearing alongside John Clay III as Joseph Asagai, Bjorn Dupaty as Moving Man, Calvin Dutton as Bobo, Brandon Dial as George Murchison, Perri Gaffney as Mrs. Johnson, Paige Gilbert as Beneatha Younger, Christopher Marquis Lindsay as Moving Man, Mandi Masden as Ruth Younger, and Jesse Pennington as Karl Lindner.
Battiste's son, Toussaint Battiste, alternates in the role of Travis Younger with Camden McKinnon. Rounding out the company as understudies are Almeria Campbell, Vann Dukes, Skyler Gallun, and N'yomi Stewart.
Hansberry investigates the American dream, racism, housing discrimination, and economic strife through the story of a Black family newly arrived in Chicago in this classic play, which premiered on Broadway in 1959.
Directed by Robert O'Hara, the production features scenic design by Clint Ramos, costume design by Karen Perry, lighting design by Alex Jainchill, sound design by Elisheba Ittoop, sound system design by Will Pickens, hair and wig design by Nikiya Mathis, video design by Brittany Bland, and movement direction by Rickey Tripp. Prop management is by Claire M. Kavanah, with Teniece Divya Johnson serving as fight and intimacy director. Clarissa Marie Ligon is production stage manager and Andie Burns is stage manager.
Coming next in the Public's season are a world premiere musical The Harder They Come by Suzan-Lori Parks and Jimmy Cliff, the world premiere of Ryan J. Haddad's Dark Disabled Stories, the world premiere of Pulitzer winner James Ijames' Good Bones, and Erika Dickerson-Despenza's Shadow/Land, along with a Mobile Unit tour of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors.