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Auditions - A Raisin in the Sun

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Auditions - A Raisin in the Sun


A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Audition Dates: January 19 & 20 at 7:00 pm

Auditions will be held at Westfield Playhouse located at 1836 SR 32 West, Westfield, IN. Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script. Please bring a list of all conflicts between January 19 and April 5. Any questions, contact director, Nancy Lafferty at

Performance Dates: March 20, 21, 27, 28, 29 & April 3, 4, & 5. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30. Sunday shows begin at 2:30

Synopsis: Set on Chicago’s South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis, and matriarch Lena. When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. The Younger family’s heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.

Roles to be cast:
Walter Lee Younger — Male, 30-40 — A dreamer, whose big plans and schemes are fueled by his aspirations and ambitions to become something in the world. Ethnicity: Black/African Descent.
Lena Younger — Female, 55-75 — Walter Lee’s mother and the Matriarch of the Younger family; straightforward, honest, and principled. Ethnicity: Black/African Descent.
Ruth Younger — Female, 29-39 — Married to Walter Lee; pragmatic, strong, and hard-working, is exhausted from bearing the weight of running a family, working a full-time job, and managing their tight finances. Ethnicity: Black/African Descent.
Beneatha Younger — Female, 19-29 — Walter Lee’s younger sister, college student studying to be a doctor; bright, confident, opinionated, and extremely intelligent. Ethnicity: Black/African Descent.
Travis Younger — Male, 9-12 — Energetic, clever, honest. Ethnicity: Black/African Descent.
Joseph Asagai — Male, 18-29 — A Nigerian student in love with Beneatha, intelligent, thoughtful, charming. Ethnicity: Black/African Descent.
George Murchison — Male 18-39 — A fellow student and suitor of Beneatha’s, smooth, confident, cocky, comes from a wealthy family, carries with him a sense of entitlement, used to getting what he wants. Ethnicity: Black/African Descent.
Karl Linder — Male, 30-60 — An emissary sent from the Clybourne Park Improvement Association to visit the Youngers; intelligent, political, and diplomatic; gifted and persuasive. Ethnicity: White/European Descent.
Bobo — Male, 30-40 — A friend of Walter Lee, the two plan on going into business together opening a liquor store. Ethnicity: Black/African Descent.
Mrs. Johnson — Female, 20-60 — The Youngers’ neighbor; a gossip. Ethnicity: Black/African Descent.
Moving Men — Male, ages 18+ — Non-speaking roles; two moving men appear at the end of the play to assist with the move; they will also work with the Stage Manager as members of the backstage crew; age open. Ethnicity: All Ethnicities.


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