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A Raisin In The Sun

by Lorraine Hansbury

Directed by Gaye Shannon Burnett

Audition Times:

April 30th (2-4pm)

May 1st (4-6pm)

Performance Times:

July 15-17, July 22-24

Rehearsal Schedule:

Rehearsals will begin in June and will be scheduled based on actors availability.

Show Description:

Set on Chicago's South Side, the story revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within the Younger family. When her deceased husband's insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago, while her son, Walter Lee, a chauffeur, yearns to buy a liquor store and be his own man, and his sister Beneatha wants to go to medical school. The stakes climb as questions about identity, class, value, race, and love become forefront issues, and outsiders make it impossible to forget the world that the Younger family cannot seem to escape. This family's heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration that makes it impossible to forget the world that the Younger family cannot seem to escape.

Casting Requirements:

Walter Lee Younger: In his middle thirties, he is the husband of Ruth, father of Travis, brother of Beneatha, and son of Lena (Mama) Younger.

Beneatha Younger ("Bennie"): The twenty-ish sister of Walter Lee and the daughter of Lena Younger

Lena Younger ("Mama"): Walter and Beneatha’s mother. The family's matriarch *(Actress should be able to play 50-60ish, any body type)

Ruth Younger: The thirtyish wife of Walter Lee Younger and the mother of Travis, their ten-year-old son.

Travis Younger: The ten-year-old son of Walter and Ruth Younger.

Joseph Asagai: Twenty-something African college student from Nigeria

George Murchison: Twenty-something, good-looking, wealthy, African-American young man, is Beneatha's other boyfriend; he is also a college student.

Karl Lindner: the only white character in the play. Karl Lindner is a weak and ineffectual middle-aged white man.

Bobo: Late 30's, early 40's; somewhat dimwitted friend of Walter Lee

Mrs. Johnson: any age, and can be a person of color from any ethnicity. She is the brash and abrasive neighbor of the Youngers.

Two Moving Men: no speaking parts and can be any age

All levels of experience are encouraged to try out. Actors shouldcome prepared to cold-read from the script.

Anyone who NEEDS to audition by way of Zoom should contact Playcrafters at office@playcrafters.com as soon as possible so that the director can make arrangements.

Design and Crew

If you're interested in helping us out backstage you can still come to Auditions! Meet the Director and let them know what you're interested in helping with. We are always looking for volunteers to learn and staff all important backstage and lobby positions.

All Auditions are held at the Barn Theatre unless otherwise noted.
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We're always in need of volunteers! Every performance needs help with box office, ushers and concessions!

People who volunteer get to see the show for free.

To volunteer, contact us at office@playcrafters.com.