The Public Theater's upcoming Off-Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun will play the Newman Theater September 27–November 6 with an October 19 opening night.
Francois Battiste and Tony winner Tonya Pinkins will 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, will alternate 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 will be directed by Robert O'Hara. The creative team also 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.
Go inside the rehearsal room in the photos below: