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A Raisin in the Sun

June 25 - July 13 | Main Stage
2019 Season

By Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by Robert O’Hara
With  Francois Battiste, Kyle Beltran, Joshua EchebiriEboni Flowers, Joe Goldammer, Mandi Masden, Nikiya Mathis, S. Epatha Merkerson, Warner Miller, Owen Tabaka

To mark the 60th anniversary of the Broadway opening of Lorraine Hansberry’s masterpiece, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner S. Epatha Merkerson and Francois Battiste breathe new life into this American classic. Lena Younger (Merkerson) and her son Walter Lee (Battiste) are at odds. Lena wants to use her late husband’s life insurance to move her family out of their cramped apartment on Chicago’s South Side. Walter Lee would rather use the funds to start a business and become an independent man. As their dispute intensifies, the powerful and destructive forces of 1950s America come knocking at the Youngers’ front door. Directed by Obie Award winner Robert O’Hara, Hansberry’s fearless interrogation of hope in the face of racial and economic strife is as provocative and powerful today as when it premiered.

A Raisin in the Sun is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.


Jeff Johnson & Hy Conrad



Herbert A. Allen

James & Virginia Giddens

Jessica & Matt Harris

Paul Neely & Susan Street

& One Anonymous Donor



Francois Battiste

Walter Lee Younger

Kyle Beltran

George Murchison

Joshua Echebiri

Joseph Asagai

Eboni Flowers

Mrs. Johnson

Joe Goldammer

Karl Lindner

Mandi Masden

Ruth Younger

Nikiya Mathis

Beneatha Younger

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lena Younger

Owen Tabaka

Travis Younger


Scenic Designer
Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Sound Designer


New York Times Critics’ Pick

“An absorbing, watershed revival, devastatingly of-the-present.”

“Robert O’Hara’s interpretation of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic, starring a brilliant S. Epatha Merkerson, puts the audience in the hot seat.”

“Mr. Battiste and Ms. Merkerson are beautifully matched, with a crackling trans-generational chemistry.”

-Ben Brantley, The New York Times


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