The Public Theater's Off-Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun is playing their Newman Theater through November 6 with an October 19 opening night. Get a first look at the production below.
Francois Battiste and Tony winner Tonya Pinkins lead the company as Walter Lee Younger and Lena Younger respectively, alongside John Clay III as Joseph Asagai, Calvin Dutton as Bobo, Mister Fitzgerald as George Murchison, Perri Gaffney as Mrs. Johnson, Paige Gilbert as Beneatha Younger, Mandi Masden as Ruth Younger, and Jesse Pennington as Karl Lindner.
Battiste's son, Toussaint Battiste, is alternating in the role of Travis Younger with Camden McKinnon. Rounding out the company as understudies are 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.
The revival is directed by Robert O'Hara. The creative team includes scenic designer Clint Ramos, costume designer Karen Perry, lighting designer Alex Jainchill, sound designer Elisheba Ittloop, sound system designer Will Pickens, hair and wig designer Nikiya Mathis, video designer Brittany Bland, and movement director Rickey Tripp. Prop management will be by Claire M. Kavanah, with Teniece Divya Johnson serving as fight and intimacy director. Clarissa Marie Ligon will be production stage manager and Andie Burns stage manager.
See production photos below: