The Public Theater and Elevator Repair Service's Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge completes its extended Off-Broadway run October 23 after beginning performances September 24 and opening October 2 at the Public's Anspacher Theater. Read reviews for the production here.
Greig Sargeant, who also conceived the piece, stars as James Baldwin, opposite Stephanie Weeks as Lorraine Hansberry, Gavin Price as Mr. Heycock, Christopher-Rashee Stevenson as Mr. Burford, and Ben Jalosa Williams as William F. Buckley, Jr. Weeks succeeded Daphne Gaines as Lorraine Hansberry October 18, and Matthew Russell played Mr. Heycock for select performances.
Directed by John Collins, the work recreates an infamous 1965 debate between Black writer James Baldwin and staunch conservative William F. Buckley, Jr., ending with an imagined scene between Baldwin and A Raisin in the Sun (currently being revived at the Public) playwright Lorraine Hansberry, researched and written by April Matthis and Sargeant.
The production features scenic consulting by dots, costume design by Jessica Jahn, lighting design by Alan C. Edwards, sound design by Ben Jalosa Williams, and wig design by Earon Chew Nealey. Maurina Lioce is production stage manager, and Jack Ford is stage manager.
The production is the latest collaboration between The Public and ERS, with past productions including Gatz, Arguendo, and The Sound and the Fury.