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Public Square Podcast Episode 2: "Lorraine: All Things at Once"

Public Square - A Podcast of The Public Theater

Episode 2

"Lorraine: All Things at Once"

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During the fall of 2022, The Public Theater mounted an American classic, Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun directed by Tony Award nominee, Robert O’Hara and featuring Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins as Lena Younger. In our second full episode this season, Host Garlia Cornelia Jones, Director, Innovation and New Media, sits down with Joi Gresham, Director and Trustee of the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust and Robert O’Hara, to discuss Lorraine, ghosts, and the pressure of fighting the box this play, and subsequently its beloved writer, have been put into, reminding us that Black people are not a monolith.

Each full episode of Public Square 2.0, will continue to guide you through a behind the scenes look as we connect with artists and staff.  Welcome home to Public Square—we’re so happy to have you back!  Catch Full or Bonus Audio-Only Episodes bi-weekly on Thursdays and Video Episodes that same week on Friday.

Hosted by Garlia Cornelia Jones

Executive Producer: Garlia Cornelia Jones, Director - Innovation and New Media
Creative Producer: John Sloan III, Ghostlight Productions
Audio Producer: Justin K. Sloan, Ghostlight Productions
Associate Producer: Emily White - New Media Associate

Graphics by Tam Shell, Art Director - Brand Studio

Show Notes:

Robert and Joi discussed Robert’s 2019 Williamstown Production

Photo Credits:
Public Theater building photo by Aislinn Wiedele
A Raisin in the Sun photos by Joan Marcus

Music Credits:

“Latte” By Sunny Fruit, Artlist.io
“This is the Life” By Yuval Maayan, Artlist.io
“Manyatta” By Hans Johnson, Artlist.io
“Northern Glory” By The SoundKeeper, Artlist.io
"Strip It Down” By Falconer, Artlist.io
“Beatrix” By Notize, Artlist.io

Transcript by 3Play

Episode 2 Transcript


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Robert O'Hara


Robert O'Hara  is the Tonynominated director of Slave Play and is currently working on several film, television and theatre projects. He’s a two-time Obie Award and two-time NAACP Award winner whose work has been seen around the country. SDC, WGA.

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Joi Gresham

Director and Trustee of Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust

Joi Gresham is Literary Trustee to the Estate of Lorraine Hansberry. She is the daughter of the late Jewell Handy Gresham-Nemiroff and the late Robert Nemiroff, Hansberry's former literary executor. As Literary Trustee, she oversees the multi-media licensing of Hansberry's works and other intellectual properties, is a consulting producer for stage productions in the US and abroad and serves as editor for print editions of Hansberry's writings. Gresham was Associate Producer of the 2014 TONY Award-winning Broadway revival of A RAISIN IN THE SUN starring Denzel Washington. She was a Consulting Producer with The Oregon Shakespeare Festival for a 2014 restoration production of THE SIGN IN SIDNEY BRUSTEIN’S WINDOW. In 2016, Gresham was a Script Consultant for the Goodman Theatre’s production of THE SIGN IN SIDNEY BRUSTEIN’S WINDOW, and for the National Theatre’s production of LES BLANCS in London. Her career spans thirty years as a performing artist, choreographer and college professor in the arts, education, and African American studies.