A RAISIN IN THE SUN - Yale Repertory Theatre / Drama Productions Inc. Auditions

Posted: September 7, 2019

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A RAISIN IN THE SUN - NYC Appointments

Yale Repertory Theatre / Drama Productions Inc.

??????APPOINTMENTS
NYC Appointment Only auditions to be held on an upcoming date TBD, approximately 9/28

CONTRACT
LORT Non-Rep LORT C; $783/week min

SEEKING
Submissions from AEA members for various roles. see breakdown.

INSTRUCTIONS
Please send picture/resume with the subject heading RAISIN SELF SUBMISSION
To TRCINTERN@TaraRubinCasting.com.

Deadline: Thu, Sep 12, 2019

SUBMIT TO
TRCINTERN@TaraRubinCasting.com

PERSONNEL
By Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by Carl Cofield

OTHER DATES
First rehearsal: February 3, 2020 / Opening: March 19, 2020 / Closing: April 04, 2020

OTHER
Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to submit.

BREAKDOWN
Yale Rep is committed to an inclusive casting policy and encourages all actors to audition regardless of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Please refer to breakdown for details.
On the South Side of 1950s Chicago, Lena Younger dreams of using her deceased husband’s insurance money to move her family out of their cramped apartment to a better neighborhood. Her son, Walter Lee, Jr., wants to use it instead to set himself up in business; while her daughter, Beneatha, dreams of medical school. In Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking, defiantly hopeful drama, an African American family’s dreams and conflicts are amplified by external tensions and prejudice in a country on the cusp of change.
WALTER YOUNG – This role is cast.
SEEKING

LENA YOUNGER – This character is African-American. 50s-70s. Family matriarch. Mother to Walter and Beneatha. She is expecting a check in the mail that could help her family’s current situation tremendously. While Walter pressures her to invest the money into his dream liquor store, Lena instead thinks of improving the family’s home, continuing Beneatha’s education– and of honoring her late husband’s legacy. Self-reliant and protective of her family, Lena possesses “tremendous strength and beauty” and comes up with what sounds like the perfect compromise.

BENEATHA – This character is African-American. 20s. She is Walter’s younger sister. She aspires to be a doctor and has been taking courses accordingly. She is intense and studious, but also socializes with her peers. She is frustrated by her family’s close quarters and isn’t shy about expressing that. She is intrigued by the new ideas presented by Asagai and contemplates returning to her Ancestral land based on his proposal.

RUTH YOUNGER – This character is African-American. 30s. She is Walter’s wife and Travis’ mother. She cares of her family – especially Travis - to the best of her ability with limited resources and in close quarters, and with a marriage in peril. But she is tired. She longs to be in a more spacious home, free from the roaches and cramped quarters, and will go to great lengths to attain that – even putting future family at risk.

TRAVIS YOUNGER – This character is an African-American boy, between the ages of 8 and 11. He is Walter and Ruth’s son. He loves his family and is sweet, obedient and clever. He knows what parent to ask for what, and knows when his father has been drinking.

GEORGE MURCHISON – This character is African-American. 20s. He is handsome and comes from a wealthy family. He believes education is to maintain his family’s position and his nice car, rather than to expand oneself and improve the world. He expects those around him, particularly his girlfriend, to fall in line as he wishes.

JOSEPH ASAGAI – This character is Nigerian. 20s. He is studying in Canada. He believes that African-Americans and women are not as liberated as they claim, and believes that Beneatha would greatly benefit by returning to Africa, the land of her ancestors, as his bride.

BOBO – This character is African-American. 30s-50s. He is part of the business plan with Walter to raise the funds to open a liquor store. He has the emotionally difficult task of informing Walter that the third business partner left town with their investment money.

KARL LINDNER – This character is Caucasian. 30s-60s. He is a member of the Clybourne Park Improvement Association. Despite the group’s innocuous name, and Karl’s seemingly cordial approach, the group’s true motive is to keep Black people out of the neighborhood by buying the home back from the purchasing family. He talks to the family and tries to convince them that avoiding the new neighborhood would be in their best interest.
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Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to submit.

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