Francois Battiste, Tonya Pinkins, Mandi Masden, Paige Gilbert, Perri Gaffney and More in the Robert O’Hara Helmed A RAISIN IN THE SUN at The Public through Nov. 20

The Public Theater is presenting a revival of A RAISIN IN THE SUN written by Lorraine Hansberry and directed by Tony Award nominee Robert O’Hara. This revival marks Hansberry’s Public Theater debut as the theater’s Astor Place home celebrates its 55th season producing work by groundbreaking artists. The production began performances in the Newman Theater on Sept. 27, opened on Oct. 25 and will run through Sunday, November 20.

The cast of A RAISIN IN THE SUN includes Francois Battiste (Walter Lee Younger), Toussaint Battiste (Travis Younger alternate), John Clay III (Joseph Asagai), Van Dukes (Understudy Moving Man), Bjorn Deputy (Moving Man), Calvin Dutton (Bobo), Mister Fitzgerald (George Murchison), Perri Gaffney (Mrs. Johnson), Skyler Gallun (Understudy), Paige Gilbert (Beneatha Younger), Christopher Marquis Lindsay (Moving Man), Mandi Masden (Ruth Younger), Camden McKinnon (Travis Younger alternate), Jesse Pennington (Karl Lindner), Tonya Pinkins (Lena Younger), and N’yomi Stewart (Understudy).

Mandi Masden, Tonya Pinkins, and Toussaint Battiste in The Public Theater revival of A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Robert O’Hara. Photo credit: Joan Marcus
Francois Battiste and Tonya Pinkins in The Public Theater revival of A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Robert O’Hara. Photo credit: Joan Marcus
John Clay III and Paige Gilbert in The Public Theater revival of A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Robert O’Hara. Photo credit: Joan Marcus
Francois Battiste, Mandi Masden, Paige Gilbert, and Jesse Pennington in The Public Theater revival of A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Robert O’Hara.. Photo credit: Joan Marcus
Francois Battiste and Toussaint Battiste in The Public Theater revival of A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Robert O’Hara. Photo credit: Joan Marcus
Tonya Pinkins in The Public Theater revival of A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Robert O’Hara. Photo credit: Joan Marcus
Francois Battiste, Tonya Pinkins, and Mandi Masden in The Public Theater revival of A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Robert O’Hara. Photo credit: Joan Marcus
Camden McKinnon and Tonya Pinkins in The Public Theater revival of A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Robert O’Hara. Photo credit: Joan Marcus
Mister Fitzgerald, Tonya Pinkins, and Paige Gilbert in The Public Theater revival of A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Robert O’Hara. Photo credit: Joan Marcus
Perri Gaffney in The Public Theater revival of A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Robert O’Hara. Photo credit: Joan Marcus
Mandi Masden and Francois Battiste in The Public Theater revival of A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Robert O’Hara. Photo credit: Joan Marcus
Calvin Dutton and Francois Battiste in The Public Theater revival of A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Robert O’Hara. Photo credit: Joan Marcus

Lorraine Hansberry’s A RAISIN IN THE SUN comes to Astor Place this fall in Hansberry’s Public Theater debut. Directed by Tony Award nominee Robert O’Hara, this fresh look at a classic proves to be as provocative and powerful today as it was in 1959. Lena Younger has decided to use her late husband’s life insurance to move her family out of their cramped apartment on Chicago’s South Side. Her son, Walter Lee, has other ideas. This innovative new production of an American classic fearlessly interrogates the American dream in the face of racial and economic strife.

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, prop management by Claire M. Kavanah, fight and intimacy direction by Teniece Divya Johnson, and movement direction by Rickey Tripp. Clarissa Marie Ligon will serve as production stage manager and Andie Burns will serve as stage manager.

The Public requires proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination for access to the facility, theaters, and the restaurant. A booster dose is not required. Approved face masks are still required, including while watching a performance, with exceptions for attendees in Joe’s Pub and The Library at The Public, who are actively eating and drinking. Learn more at Safe At The Public.

Public Theater Partner, Supporter, and full-price single tickets can be accessed by visiting publictheater.org, calling 212.967.7555, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street. The performance schedule is Tuesday through Sunday at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

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