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"A Raisin in the Sun" Auditions - Open Call - Peoria, IL

Audition Details

Casting ID #
1603474
Submission Type
Open Call
Location
Peoria, IL - 61605
Union
Non-union
Rate/Pay
$0.00
Release Date
10-14-2019
Audition Date
10-29-2019
Expiration Date
10-21-2019
Casting Category
Theatre - Non-Equity
Market(s)
Chicago, IL | St Louis, MO

Audition Description

A Raisin in the Sun is a New York Drama Critics' Circle Award-winning play by Lorraine Hansberry that debuted on Broadway in 1959. The title comes from the poem "Harlem" (also known as "A Dream Deferred") by Langston Hughes. The story tells of a black family's experiences in "Clybourne Park," a fictionalized version of the Washington Park Subdivision of Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood, as they attempt to improve their financial circumstances with an insurance payout following the death of the father.


Preparation:
* Please Bring a 2 minute piece to perform. Perusal scripts are available for a 3-day check-out from the Peoria Players box office.

  • Role #1 - Ruth Younger

    The thirtyish wife of Walter Lee Younger and the mother of Travis, their ten-year-old son. Ruth acts as peacemaker in most of the explosive family situations. Very low-key, Ruth reveals her strongest emotions only when she learns of the possibility of their moving to a better neighborhood.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Oct 21, 2019
  • Role #2 - Travis Younger

    The ten-year-old son of Walter and Ruth Younger. Living in a household with three generations in conflict, Travis skillfully plays each adult against the other and is, as a result, somewhat "spoiled." In spite of this, he is a likeable child.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 8 - 12
    Expiration Date: Oct 21, 2019
  • Role #3 - Walter Lee Younger

    He is the husband of Ruth, father of Travis, brother of Beneatha, and son of Lena (Mama) Younger. Walter works as a chauffeur and drinks a bit too much at times. When he discovers that his mother will receive a $10,000 check from his father's insurance, he becomes obsessed with his dreams of a business venture which will give him financial independence and, in his mind, will make him a more valuable human being.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 34 - 36
    Expiration Date: Oct 21, 2019
  • Role #4 - Beneatha Younger

    The twentyish sister of Walter Lee and the daughter of Lena Younger. She is a college student planning to go to medical school. The only family member privileged to have the opportunity for a higher education, she is sometimes a little overbearing in the pride she takes in being an "intellectual."
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 20 - 29
    Expiration Date: Oct 21, 2019
  • Role #5 - Lena Younger (Mama)

    The mother of Walter Lee and Beneatha, mother-in-law of Ruth, and grandmother of Travis. Lena's (Mama's) every action is borne out of her abiding love for her family, her deep religious convictions, and her strong will that is surpassed only by her compassion.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Oct 21, 2019
  • Role #6 - Joseph Asagai

    An African college student from Nigeria, Asagai is one of Beneatha's suitors. Mannerly, good looking, and personable, he is well liked by all members of the Younger household.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: African
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Oct 21, 2019
  • Role #7 - George Murchison

    Beneatha's other boyfriend, he too is a college student. His wealthy background alienates him from the poverty of the Youngers. Easily impressed, Ruth is the only member of the Younger household who naively overlooks George's offensive snobbishness.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Oct 21, 2019
  • Role #8 - Mrs. Johnson Brash

    An abrasive neighbor of the Youngers, she insensitively points out to the Youngers all the negative repercussions that await them should they decide to move into the white neighborhood.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Oct 21, 2019
  • Role #9 - Karl Lindner

    A weak and ineffectual middle-aged white man, Lindner is the spokesman for the white community into which the Youngers plan to move. He has been sent to persuade the Youngers not to move into the white neighborhood. In fact, he has been authorized by the white community to offer the Youngers a monetary incentive not to move in.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Caucasian
    Age: 45 - 65
    Expiration Date: Oct 21, 2019
  • The somewhat dimwitted friend of Walter Lee who, along with another friend, Willy, plans to invest in Walter Lee's business scheme.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Oct 21, 2019
  • Role #11 - Two Moving Men

    Having no speaking parts, they enter at the end of the play to help the Youngers move to their new neighborhood.
    Seeking 2 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Oct 21, 2019
  • Role #12 - Walter Younger

    The husband of Lena Younger, father of Walter Lee and Beneatha, and grandfather of Travis. His death before the action of Act I provides the insurance money that will change the lives of the Younger family.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Oct 21, 2019
  • Role #13 - Willy

    The unscrupulous "friend" of Walter Lee and Bobo who absconds with all the money for the prospective business venture. Although the audience never meets him, Willy's character is assessed through the dialogue of others.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Oct 21, 2019

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