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Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge


Anspacher Theater
September 24 - October 23, 2022 Run Time: 60 minutes, no intermission

New York Premiere  
Conceived by Greig Sargeant with Elevator Repair Service
Directed by John Collins

In 1965, two of America’s intellectual giants were invited to debate whether “the American Dream is at the expense of the American Negro,” bringing into sharp focus our country’s deepest divisions.

The renowned theater company Elevator Repair Service returns to The Public with BALDWIN AND BUCKLEY AT CAMBRIDGE, a profoundly relevant presentation of the legendary debate between virtuosic writer James Baldwin and father of American conservatism William F. Buckley, Jr.  The production concludes with an imagined scene between Baldwin and his close friend Lorraine Hansberry, researched and written by long-time ERS company members April Matthis and Greig Sargeant

Heralded by The New York Times as “one of the city’s few truly essential theater companies,” Elevator Repair Service applies their trademark approach of verbatim textual exploration and intensive collaboration to re-create Baldwin and Buckley’s blistering dissection of race, racism, and human worth. BALDWIN AND BUCKLEY AT CAMBRIDGE is conceived by Greig Sargeant and directed by ERS Founder and Artistic Director John Collins.


Anspacher Theater
September 24 - October 23, 2022 Run Time: 60 minutes, no intermission


Health & Safety

In keeping with guidance from the city, state, and federal officials, proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is no longer required for access to The Public’s facility, theaters, and the restaurant.

The use of a face mask is strongly encouraged at all performances, but a mask is now only required at all Tuesday evening and Saturday and Sunday matinee performances, as well as Joseph Papp Free Performances.

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Accessible Performance Dates
  • Open Captioned performance October 8, 2022, 1:30PM
    • Open Caption accessible seating is on House Left, or the even-numbered seats, beginning in Row D.
  • Audio Described performance October 15, 2022, 1:30PM Matinee performance

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Cast Performance Schedule

For performances through Sunday, October 16, Daphne Gaines will play Lorraine Hansberry.

For performances after starting Tuesday, October 18, Stephanie Weeks will play Lorraine Hansberry.

Matthew Russell will play Mr. Heycock on Tuesday, September 27 at 8:00 p.m.

For performances after Sunday, October 2, Matthew Russell will play Mr. Heycock for performances Tuesday through Thursday.

Gavin Price will play Mr. Heycock on performances Friday through Sunday


Image of Daphne Gaines

Daphne Gaines

Lorraine Hansberry

Image of Gavin Price

Gavin Price

Mr. Heycock

Image of Matthew Russell

Matthew Russell


Image of Greig Sargeant

Greig Sargeant

James Baldwin

Image of Christopher-Rashee Stevenson

Christopher-Rashee Stevenson

Mr. Burford

Image of Stephanie Weeks

Stephanie Weeks

Lorraine Hansberry

Image of Ben Jalosa Williams

Ben Jalosa Williams

William F. Buckley, Jr.


Greig Sargeant with Elevator Repair Service
Conceived by
John Collins
Jessica Jahn
Costume Design
Alan C. Edwards
Lighting Design
Ben Williams
Sound Design
Scenic Consultant
Earon Chew Nealey
Hair and Wig Design
Maurina Lioce
Production Stage Manager
Jack Ford
Stage Manager