Two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington

Lorraine Hansberry's a Raisin in the Sun

Directed by Kenny Leon

LaTanya Richardson Jackson

14 Weeks Only, Barrymore Theatre, 243 West 47th Street

Company

denzel washington

(Walter Lee Younger). Broadway: Fences (Tony Award), Julius Caesar, and Checkmates. Other theatre credits: Richard III, Coriolanus, The Mighty Gents, Spell #7, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, Every Goodbye Ain’t Gone, When the Chickens Come Home to Roost (Audelco) and A Soldier’s Play (Obie). Film: The Equalizer (upcoming), Flight, Safe House, Unstoppable, The Book of Eli, The Taking of Pelham 123, The Great Debaters (directed), Inside Man, Déjà Vu, American Gangster, The Manchurian Candidate, Man on Fire, Antwone Fisher (directed), Training Day (Academy Award), John Q, The Hurricane (Golden Globe), Remember the Titans, The Bone Collector, Fallen, He Got Game, The Siege, Courage Under Fire, Crimson Tide, Devil in a Blue Dress, Much Ado About Nothing, Malcolm X, Philadelphia, The Pelican Brief, Mississippi Masala, Mo' Better Blues, Glory (Academy Award), Cry Freedom, and A Soldier’s Story. He produced the Emmy-nominated documentary Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks for HBO and was executive producer for the Emmy-nominated Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream for TBS. Denzel dedicates his performance to his good friend Tony Scott.

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LaTanya Richardson Jackson

(Lena Younger) Extensive Theatre credits include Lincoln Center Theater's critically acclaimed Joe Turner's Come And Gone (Broadway), For Colored Girls..., Spell #7, Casanova, Unfinished Women (The Public Theatre), Stop Reset (Signature Theatre), August Wilson's 20th Century (Kennedy Center), Boogey Woogey And Booker T. (New Federal), The Talented Tenth (Manhattan Theatre Club), From The Mississippi Delta (Negro Ensemble Co.), The Member Of The Wedding (Westport Country Playhouse), Love, Loss... (Westside Theatre), Elliot Loves (Promenade). Film/TV: The Fighting Temptations, U.S. Marshals, Freedomland, Malcolm X, Mother And Child, Losing Isaiah, The Watsons Go To Birmingham, "Harry's Law," "Frannie's Turn," "NYPD Blue," "Chicago Hope," "Law and Order," and Sidney Lumet's "100 Centre Street." A graduate of Spelman College, LaTanya is married to actor Samuel L. Jackson and they have one talented daughter, Zoe Dove.

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sophie okonedo

(Ruth Younger) Sophie Okonedo is an Academy Award nominee for her performance in the film Hotel Rwanda. A regular on the English stage where her credits include productions at the Royal Court Theatre, National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Old Vic. Her many film credits include acclaimed performances in Skin (Best Actress British Independent Film Award nomination), The Secret Life of Bees (NAACP Image Award nomination), Dirty Pretty Things (Best Supporting Actress, British Independent Film Awards). For her performance in Hotel Rwanda, Sophie was also nominated for the Screen Actors Guild and NAACP Image Awards. Her TV credits include HBO’s Tsumani: The Aftermath (NAACP Image Award, Golden Globe Award nomination, Best Actress), and, for the BBC, “Criminal Justice” (BAFTA nomination, Best Supporting Actress) and Winnie Mandela in Mrs. Mandela (BAFTA nomination/Best Actress). A Raisin in the Sun is her New York stage debut.

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anika noni rose

(Beneatha Younger) Anika Noni Rose won the Tony and Theatre World Awards for her performance in the musical Caroline, Or Change and starred as Lorell in the screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Dreamgirls. Her other stage credits include the Encores! productions of The Cradle Will Rock and Purlie, the NY Philharmonic’s production of Company, Maggie in Cat on A Hot Tin Roof opposite Terrence Howard, James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad, Footloose, and Eli’s Coming (Obie Award). Anika’s other film credits include For Colored Girls, Just Add Water and the Disney’s animated feature The Princess And The Frog, in which she supplied the voice of Princess Tiana which made her Disney’s first African-American princess. She will soon be seen in the film Half of a Yellow Sun opposite Thandie Newton. Her TV credits include The Good Wife, Elementary, Private Practice, Hallmark Hall of Fame’s The Watsons Go To Birmingham, Stephen King’s Bag of Bones opposite Pierce Brosnan and soon in A Day Late and a Dollar Short based on Terry McMillan’s novel opposite Whoopi Goldberg. Anika is a three-time NAACP Image Award nominee for her performances in Anthony Minghella’s The No.1 Detective Agency (HBO), Law & Order: SVU and Hallmark Hall of Fame’s Mitch Albom’s Have A Little Faith.

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sean patrick thomas

(Joseph Asagai). Theatre: Arin Arbus’ Othello (Intiman Theatre), Timon of Athens, Much Ado About Nothing with Jimmy Smits (NYSF), Paul in Six Degrees of Separation (Hanger Theater). Film: Deep in the Darkness, Honeydripper (Black Reel Award nomination), Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain with Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz, Barbershop, Barbershop 2: Back In Business, Save the Last Dance (2 MTV Movie Awards, Male Standout Movieline Magazine Young Hollywood Award), Courage Under Fire, Finding Neighbors, The Burrowers, Murder on the 13th Floor, Cruel Intentions, Can’t Hardly Wait, Picture Perfect, Conspiracy Theory. TV: “A Raisin in the Sun” opposite Phylicia Rashad, Sanaa Lathan and Audra McDonald (NAACP Image Award nomination), “The District,” (Movieguide’s Grace Award), “Reaper,” “Ringer,” “American Horror Story,” “Lie to Me” and BET’s “Reed Between the Lines.” Thomas earned his MFA from New York University.

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jason dirden

(George Murchison) Jason Dirden returns to this role for a second time having played George Murchison in Phylicia Rashad’s production of A Raisin in the Sun at The Ebony Rep Theatre in Los Angeles. Jason made his Broadway debut in Kenny Leon’s revival of Fences and has worked with Mr. Leon in regional theater productions of Every Tongue Confess (Arena Stage), Stickfly (Huntington Theatre), August Wilson’s 20th Century Cycle (Kennedy Center) and Ceremonies in Dark Old Men (True Colors Theater). Additional Off-Broadway and regional theater credits include The First Breeze of Summer and The Piano Lesson both directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Signature Theater) and Topdog/Underdog, directed by its author Susan Lori-Parks (Two River Theater). TV and Film credits include a recurring role on Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and the independent film All About Youth. He holds a BA from Morehouse College and an MFA in acting from University of Illinois.

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stephen mckinley henderson

(Bobo) Stephen McKinley Henderson received a Tony Nomination and the Richard Seff Award for his performance as Bono in August Wilson’s Fence. He also appeared in the Broadway productions of Dracula The Musical, Drowning Crow, King Hedley II and the revival of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Hewas a member of Mr. Wilson’s celebrated Jitney ensemble (2002 Olivier Award for Outstanding Drama) and appeared in the Signature Theatre’s August Wilson Season. He also participated in Kenny Leon’s historic Century Cycle Readings at the Kennedy Center and was Ruben Santiago Hudson’s Associate Artistic Director to for WNYC’s audio recordings of Mr. Wilson’s achievement. Additional theatre credits include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Public Theater), Death of a Salesman (Yale Rep), as well as other regional theater productions at The St. Louis Rep, Goodman Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Pittsburgh Public Theatre and the Denver Theater Co. Film and TV credits include HBO’s The Newsroom and Everyday People, Elementary, Blue Bloods, New Amsterdam, Law & Order, Lincoln, Tower Heist, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Red Hook Summer. Upcoming films include The American Side (with Robert Forester and Matthew Broderick), The Romans and the new Spike Lee project. Professor and former chair of the Department of Theater and Dance for SUNY Buffalo. Member of the LAByrinth Theater Company, the Actor’s Center and a Fox Foundation Fellow.

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david cromer

(Karl Lindner) David Cromer most recently played Ned Weeks in The Normal Heart at Timeline Theatre in Chicago. Other credits include the Stage Manager in a production which he also directed of Our Town in New York (Barrow Street Theatre), Chicago (The Hypocrites), and Boston (Huntington). Other Chicago credits include Edmund in Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Alex in Serenading Louie, The Elf in The Santaland Diaries, Allen Ginsburg in The Beats, and Louis in Angels in America. As a director, his New York credits include the Broadway revivals of The House of Blue Leaves and Brighton Beach Memoirs, Nikolai and the Others and When the Rain Stops Falling (Lincoln Center Theater), Women or Nothing (Atlantic), Really Really (MCC), Tribes and Orson’s Shadow (Barrow Street Theatre), and Adding Machine (Minetta Lane). For his work as a director, he has received 3 Lucille Lortel Awards, 2 OBIE Awards, and was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 2010.

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bryce clyde jenkins

(Travis Younger) Bryce Clyde Jenkins, 13 years old and making his Broadway debut, will appear with his father, Mykel Shannon Jenkins, in the upcoming film Off the Grid. Previous film credits include leading roles in Santa Paws II: Santa Pups and My Homework Ate My Dog; as well as roles in The To Do List, Easy A, The Legends of Nethiah, and An incident in the Life of a Slave Girl. Bryce’s TV credits include a lead role in The Watsons Go to Birmingham, as well as roles in The Mentalist, Mitch Albom’s Have a Little Faith, CSI: Miami, and Outlaw. Bryce is grateful for the support of his family and friends and is humbled to be a part of this historic production, sharing the stage with such great actors.

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billy eugene jones

(Moving Man, u/s Walter & Bobo) Billy Eugene Jones has appeared in the Broadway productions of The Trip to Bountiful, The Big Knife, The Mountaintop, Passing Strange, Radio Golf, Gem of the Ocean, and A Raisin in the Sun. Off-Broadway credits include The Jammer (Atlantic Theater Company), In the Footprint/The Battle Over Atlantic Yards (The Civilians), Waiting for Godot and Three Sisters (Classical Theatre of Harlem). Regional theater credits include The Good Negro (Goodman Theatre); Stick Fly (Arena Stage/Huntington Theatre Company); Death of a Salesman, Richard II, Breath, Boom! (Yale Repertory Theatre); Spunk (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Othello (California Shakespeare Theater); Hitney, A Christmas Carol (Alliance Theatre); Gee’s Bend, Blood Divided (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); Hamlet, Guys and Dolls, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, All’s Well That Ends Well, Avenue X, Ohio Tip-Off, My Children, My Africa! (Dallas Theater Center); Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Macbeth, Tweltfth Night (Shakespeare Festival of Dallas). Graduate of Yale School of Drama.

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keith eric chappelle

(Moving Man, u/s George) Keith Eric Chappelle made his Broadway debut in Cyrano de Bergerac starring Kevin Kline. His off-Broadway credits include The Comedy of Errors, Richard III and Love’s Labor’s Lost (Public Theater) and A Cool Dip …(Playwrights Horizons). He has appeared in regional theatre productions with the Shakespeare Theatre, McCarter Theater and with the Acting Company. TV credits include Elementary, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, Person of Interest, Law & Order and Great Performances. Keith is a graduate of the Juilliard School’s Drama Division.

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charlie hudson III

(u/s Moving Man, u/s Asagai) Charlie Hudson III, making his Broadway debut, appeared in Baltimore Center Stage’s The Raisin Cycle, a presentation of A Raisin in the Sun and Clybourne Park performed in repertory. Off-Broadway credits include Hurt Village (Signature Theater), White Woman Street (Irish Repertory Theatre), Bike Wreck (EST), Old Comedy (CSC) and Mother Courage (Public Theater). Additional regional theater credits include productions at the Trinity Repertory Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre and the Portland Stage Company. Charlie has appeared in the films Newlyweeds, The Rosa Parks Story, Waterfront, and Sylacauga and on TV in Criminal Justice and Unforgettable. He is a graduate of Alabama State University (BA); Brown University/Trinity Rep Consortium (MFA). Charlie would like to thank God for this opportunity and his loving family for their support.

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lorraine hansberry

(Playwright) When Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun appeared on Broadway in 1959, the artist became at twenty-nine the youngest American playwright, the fifth woman, and the only African-American to date to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play of the Year. The play represented a landmark. In its authentic depiction of Black American life, and the vivid demonstration of so gifted a creator, cast, and director, it made it impossible for the American stage to ignore African American creativity and subject matter thereafter. In 1961, the film version won a special award at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for a Screen Writer’s Guild Award for Hansberry’s screenplay. In 1965, Lorraine Hansberry died of cancer at age 34. As if prescient, in the six years she had between the triumph of her first play and her death, she was extraordinarily prolific. Her second play to be produced on Broadway, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, was in its early run to mixed reviews, when Hansberry died; the curtain came down on that date. To Be Young, Gifted, and Black, an autobiographical portrait in her own words adapted by her former husband and literary executor Robert Nemiroff, was posthumously produced in 1969 and toured across the country. In 1970, Les Blancs, her play about the inevitability of struggle between colonizers and colonized in Africa, and the impending crisis that would surely grow out of it, ran on Broadway to critical acclaim. During her career as a playwright, Hansberry wrote many articles and essays on literary criticism, racism, sexism, homophobia, world peace and other social and political issues. At her death, she left behind file cabinets holding her public and private correspondence, speeches and journals, and various manuscripts in several genres: plays for stage and screen, essays, poetry, and an almost complete novel. In addition to the above works, her published writings (Vintage Books) include The Drinking Gourd, What Use Are Flowers? and The Movement, a long essay written as text for a photojournalistic treatment of the Civil Rights Movement. Coming in January 2014: lorrainehansberryliterarytrust.com

kenny leon

(Director) Kenny Leon’s most recent Broadway productions include Lydia R. Diamond’s Stick Fly, Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop and August Wilson’s Fences, which garnered 10 Tony nominations (including Best Director) and won for Best Revival, Best Actor and Best Actress. Mr. Leon’s productions of August Wilson’s Radio Golf and Gem of the Ocean were nominated for Tony Awards for Best Play and his 2004 production of A Raisin in the Sun for Best Revival. He was nominated for Best Director by the Directors Guild of America for the television adaptation A Raisin in the Sun, which also received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations and three NAACP Image Awards, among numerous awards. His most recent TV projects include The Watsons Go to Birmingham (The Hallmark Channel) and the TV version of the hit play Steel Magnolias (Lifetime), both featuring all-star casts. After building a career in regional theatre (Arena Stage, Huntington Theatre, L.A.’s Center Theatre, the Public, Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, among many others), and leading Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre for 11 years, Mr. Leon founded Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta in 2002. His directorial credits span an incomparable range of work, from classical theatre to drama, comedy, opera, musicals, revues and film.

mark thompson

(Set Designer) Mark Thompson has designed set and costumes for many Broadway productions including One Man, Two Guvnors; La Bête; God of Carnage; Bombay Dreams; Life (x) 2; Mamma Mia!; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Arcadia (Lincoln Center Theater); Art; The Blue Room; Blast!; The Unexpected Man and Shadowlands. He also designed the set for the recent Broadway revival of Follies. Metropolitan Operacredits include The Queen of Spades and Macbeth. Recent work in London includes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theater Royal Drury Lane); She Stoops to Conquer, London Assurance, England People Very Nice, The Rose Tattoo (National Theatre); Tribes; The Children’s House; La Bête; Rope; God of Carnage. Mark designed the costumes for the film The Madness of King George and is the recipient of four Olivier Awards.

ann roth

(Costume Designer) Theatre includes Betrayal, Hurlyburly, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Singin’ in the Rain, The Odd Couple, Waiting for Godot, Death of a Salesman, The Best Man, The Testament of Mary, I’ll Eat You Last, The Nance (Tony Award). Tony nominations: The Crucifer of Blood, The Royal Family, Present Laughter, The House of Blue Leaves, and The Book of Mormon. Films include Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Midnight Cowboy, The Day of the Locust (BAFTA), Hair, Working Girl, Sabrina, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Birdcage, The English Patient (Academy Award), The Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain, The Stepford Wives, The Village, Closer, The Hours, The Reader, Mamma Mia, and Julie & Julia. Television includes “Angels in America” and “Mildred Pierce.” In 2000, Roth received the Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award.

brian macdevitt

(Lighting Designer) Recent shows include Betrayal, The Book of Mormon (West End), The Enchanted Island and Le Comte Ory at the Met, Death of a Salesman, The Book of Mormon (Tony Award), The House of Blue Leaves, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Fences, A Behanding in Spokane, Race, and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Tony Award). He has also received Tony Awards forInto the Woods, The Pillowman, andThe Coast of Utopia. Dance credits include designs for Merce Cunningham’s Nearly Ninety, the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Tere O’Connor Dance, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and Nancy Bannon. MacDevitt is a member of Naked Angels, and a faculty member at the University of Maryland.

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