The 1960 Tony-nominated Best Play A Raisin in the Sun is the focus of the June 14 airing of "Theatre Talk," the acclaimed PBS talk show that features interviews with top theatre celebrities and critics.
Those who will chat about Lorraine Hansberry's ground-breaking play include Ruby Dee, who starred in the original Broadway production; Ossie Davis, who replaced the play's original leading man, Sidney Poitier; and producer Philip Rose, who brought the play to Broadway.
A Raisin in the Sun premiered at Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre on March 11, 1959. It transferred to the Belasco Theatre on Oct. 19, 1959, where it played through June 25, 1960. Directed by Lloyd Richards, the original cast included Dee, Poitier, Ivan Dixon, Lonne Elder, John Fielder, Louis Gossett, Ed Hall, Claudia McNeil, Diana Sands, Glynn Turman and Douglas Turner. Raisin lost the Best Play Tony to William Gibson's The Miracle Worker; others nominated that season include The Best Man, The Tenth Man and Toys in the Attic.
Hosted by New York Post theatre columnist Michael Riedel and producer Susan Haskins, "Theatre Talk" airs Friday nights at midnight on WNET/Thirteen. The program also runs Sunday mornings at 10 AM on WGBH in Boston.
—By Andrew Gans