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 the 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