Anika Noni Rose on ‘A Raisin in the Sun’: ‘You Have to be Able to Trust’ on Stage

By Jamilah King Jun 06, 2014

Anika Noni Rose, one of Broadway’s biggest names, caught up with NPR’s Michel Martin to talk about her revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s "A Raisin in the Sun" that’s earned five nominations for this weekend’s Tony Awards. She talked about the unique pressures associated with performing live on stage:

I think we are lucky to have a cast full of generous people who are there to tell the story and enjoy each other. And because of that, we are able to trust each other on stage. And I think that’s the most important thing that you should have in a stage show. You have to be able to trust each other because it’s live, because anything could happen, because we are the only safety nets that the other person has.

Last month, Rose sat down to talk with Kate Couric about the show’s recent success and stressed the fact that she and the rest of the cast, including Denzel Washington, are  having a blast. 

Rose won a Tony Award in 2006 for her role in "Caroline, or Change," which focuses on the American Civil Rights movement.