Photo by Aubrey Reuben
The newly opened, one-part version of the play will offer a limited number of $40 tickets each week.
The initiative from Clear Space Theatre Company and stage manager James FitzSimmons helps widen audience outreach to underserved communities.
Winners will be announced February 26 in a televised ceremony on BET.
The stage and screen icon earned a Tony nomination for creating the role of Walter Lee Younger in Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking A Raisin in the Sun.
The world premiere play by Charly Evon Simpson is a joint production from Vineyard Theatre and WP Theater.
The Off-Broadway production begins previews February 23 at The Public Theater.
The upcoming season of the theatrical series will include several new faces, including some High School Musical OG alum.
The Great Performances broadcast features interviews with Tony winners Patti LuPone, Katrina Lenk, Marianne Elliott, and the late Sondheim.