Tonya Pinkins and Francois Battiste to Direct Public Theater’s ‘A Raisin In The Sun’ on Broadway

Tonya Pinkin and Francois Battiste are part of the cast announced today for the Public Theater’s upcoming production of A raisin in the sunLorraine Hansberry’s classic drama to be directed by Robert O’Hara (Tony nominated for directing slave play).

The production, which marks Hansberry’s public theater debut, reunites O’Hara with some of his cast from a 2019 grape in the sun staged at the Williamstown Theater Festival, including Battiste (Ten Days in the Valley, New Amsterdam), which will play Walter Lee Younger, and Mandi Masden, as Ruth Younger. Pinkins, a Tony winner for Jelly’s Last Jamwill play Walter Lee’s mother, Lena Younger (played by S. Epatha Merkerson in the Williamstown staging).

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The play begins performances at the Public’s Newman Theater Off Broadway with a Free performance by Joseph Papp Tuesday, September 27. The engagement officially opens on Wednesday, October 19 and will run until Sunday, November 6.

Also in the cast: Paige Gilbert (Beneatha Younger), Toussaint Battiste and Camden McKinnon (alternate Travis Younger), John Clay III (Joseph Asagai), Calvin Dutton (Bobo), Mister Fitzgerald (George Murchison), Jesse Pennington (Karl Lindner), and Perri Gaffney (Ms. Johnson). Skyler Gallun and N’yomi Stewart are stunt doubles.

“I am filled with curiosity and excitement by what this tremendous cast The Public has assembled will bring to a play that I consider simply the best ever written,” O’Hara said in a statement. “Having them all with me and our brilliant designers in this exploration of this essential classic and doing it at the Public Theater where I got my start as a writer and director is a dream come true. A dream that I did not have to postpone because there were works like A raisin in the sun which I held as my guiding light and which paved the way for me and countless others.

The production will include stage 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 wigs by Nikiya Mathis and video design by Brittany Bland.

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