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A RAISIN IN THE SUN - Everyman Theatre Auditions

Posted: May 13, 2011

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A Raisin in the Sun

- Equity Principal Auditions by


Everyman Theatre Baltimore MD SPT Current weekly minimum: $530.

Artistic Dir: Vincent M. Lancisi

Production Mgr/CD: Kyle Prue

Author: Lorraine Hansberry

Dir TBD.

1st reh: 8/8/11. Runs 9/9-10/16.

Equity Principal Auditions by


Tuesday, May 31, 2011Everyman Theatre

9:30 AM - 5:30 PM1727 North Charles Street

Lunch from 1 - 2.Baltimore MD 21201

For an

appointment,call 410/752-5691 on May 27th from 9 AM – 1 PM. Please do not call any other numbers at the theatre. Equity Members without appointments will be seen throughout the audition day, as time permits.

Please prepare two brief contrasting monologues to total approximately three minutes.

Please bring a picture & resume, stapled back-to-back.

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, Lena dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans, however: 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.

Seeking (all roles are available unless otherwise specified):

Note:No housing is available to out-of-area performers.

Beneatha Younger:

African American, 20-25. Mama’s daughter and Walter’s sister. An intellectual. Attends college, and is better educated than the rest of the Younger family. Some of her personal beliefs and views have distanced her from conservative Mama. Dreams of being a doctor, and struggles to determine her identity as a well-educated black woman.

Lena Younger:

African American, 60-70. Walter and Beneatha’s mother. The matriarch of the family, Mama is religious, moral and maternal. Wants to use her husband’s insurance money as a down payment on a house with a backyard to fulfill her dream for her family of moving up in the world.

Walter Lee Younger:

African American, 30-40. Protagonist of the play. A dreamer. Wants to be rich, and devises plans to acquire wealth with his friends, particularly Willy Harris. When the play opens, he wants to invest his father’s insurance money in a new liquor store venture. Spends the rest of the play endlessly preoccupied with discovering a quick solution to his family’s various problems.

Joseph Asagai:

Nigerian, 20-25. Student. In love with Beneatha. Asagai, as he is often called, is very proud of his African heritage, and Beneatha hopes to learn about her African heritage from him. He eventually proposes marriage to Beneatha, and hopes she will return to Nigeria with him.

Walter Murchison:

African American man, 25-35. Wealthy. Courts Beneatha. The Youngers approve of George, but Beneatha dislikes his willingness to submit to white culture and forget his African heritage. He challenges the thoughts and feelings of other black people through his arrogance and flair for intellectual competition.


African American man, 35-50. One of Walter’s partners in the liquor store plan. Appears to be mentally slow.

The following roles are CAST. Auditioning performers will be considered as possible (emergency) replacements, should any become necessary.

Ruth Younger:

CAST. African American, 30-35. Walter’s wife and Travis’s mother. Takes care of the Youngers’ small apartment. Her marriage to Walter has problems, but she hopes to rekindle their love. Constantly fighting poverty and domestic troubles, she continues to be emotionally strong. Her almost pessimistic pragmatism helps her to survive.

Karl Lindner:

CAST. Caucasian, 35-45. Arrives at the Youngers’ apartment from the Clybourne Park Improvement Association. Offers the Youngers a deal to reconsider moving into his (all-white) neighborhood.

Theatre’s statement: “Everyman Theatre embraces Non-Traditional Casting and encourages actors of color, seniors, women and performers with disabilities to audition.”

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