In 1980 Wilford Leach directed a new adaptation by Ntozake Shange at The Public Theater. This version was set in the American South during Reconstruction. Gloria Foster played in a Mother Courage cast that also included Reyno, Morgan Freeman, Ruthanna Graves, Samuel L. Jackson, Carol-Jean Lewis, Jack Landron, Hattie Winston, Reyno, Raynor Scheine, Trazana Beverley, Peter Oliver-Norman, Anna Deavere Smith, and Ellis E. Williams.
Joseph Papp Public Theater/ Newman Theater