Audition Details

Show A Raisin in the Sun
Company Phoenix Repertory Theatre Group
Rehearsal Dates N/A
Performance Dates November 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 2019
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Location/Date/Times

Call Type Location Date Time
Open Feb 11 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Open Feb 12 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Roles

Role M/F Age Description
Lena Younger (Mama) F 60-65 A woman in her early sixties. She is the full-figured, strong matriarch of the family, widowed within the last few years. She has a certain beauty and grace that take a while to notice because she is so humble and unobtrusive about them. We see her wisdom and her life?s struggles written on her face. She is full of faith: for God, for her people and for her family. ?Her bearing is perhaps most like the noble bearing of the women of the Heroes of Southwest Africa–rather as if she imagines that as she walks she still bears a basket or a vessel upon her head. Her speech, on the other hand, is as careless as her carriage is precise–she is inclines to slur everything–but her voice is perhaps not so much quiet as simply soft.
Beneatha Younger F 20-25 A young woman of about 20. She is a very ambitious young woman who dreams of being a doctor. She is in college and is very fond of using big words and speaking big idea, often to the frustration of her family. Her speech is a mixture of many things – it is different from the rest of the family?s insofar as education has permeated her sense of English–and perhaps the Midwest rather than the South has finally–at last–won out in her inflection?). She is often the one that gets picked on, but she is more than capable of throwing insults back, especially with her brother. She has recently become really interested in Africa and in finding her roots, probably because of the Nigerian boy, Asagai, that she has become interested in. She likes nice things and thinks she deserves them just as much
Ruth Younger F 30-35 She is a woman of about 30. We can see that she used to be exceptionally beautiful and still is, although now she wears the struggles and disappointment of her daily life on her face and in the way she carries herself. She looks like she?s tired of everything, but still takes on her own and everyone else?s responsibilities. ?In a few years, before thirty-five even, she will be known among her people as a settled woman. She is a consummate care-giver. She is the one who is always trying to keep everyone happy and often becomes the peacekeeper in the house. She wants the simple things in life: a home, a family and love.
Walter Lee Younger M 32-38 A man of around 35. He is always dreaming of a better life for him and his family, but he doesn?t always go about trying to get it in the right way. He is very dependent on other people, in his home as well as in his business endeavors. ?His is a lean, intense young man…inclined to quick nervous movements and erratic speech habits–and always in his voice there is a quality of indictment. We get the idea that he was once a wonderful brother, sister, and husband, but in the last few years since his father died, he has become a miserable person to be around. He is often drunk and angry, and he is quick to insult his family members when he feels like he wants control. He is a smart man and his dreams are respectable
Joseph Asagai M 20-29 A young man in his 20s. He is from Nigeria but has come to America to go to college. He is courting Beneatha. He is a ?rather dramatic-looking young man? He is very direct, always speaking exactly what is on his mind. He seems to not have time to play games. He has big dreams about going back to Nigeria and becoming a powerful politician and changing things for his country. He is very realistic about human experience and the way the world works.
George Murchison M 20-29 A young man in his 20s. He is courting Beneatha. They met at college. He comes from the wealthiest, most successful African-American family in the area. He is very well off, and very pretentious. He takes Beneatha on amazing dates but he often offends her with his ideas of what a woman should be. He has lots of resources and not a lot of ambition to take advantage of them.
Travis M 10-10 Travis is the 10-year-old son of Ruth and Walter. He is often used as a tool to get people to do things. He is young but seems to be a good listener and always tends to know what?s going on. He is very loved and he seems to love his family just as much. He is very curious about what is happening with this ,000 check that everyone keeps talking about. He wants to be just like his father when he grows up, although he is aware when his father does things that aren?t appreciated by the rest of the family.
Karl Lindner M A quiet-looking middle-aged white man in a business suit holding his hat and a briefcase in his hand?. He is the chairman of the Clybourne Park Improvement Association. He comes over to make a deal with the Youngers. We get the idea that he is not a violent racist, and might not even think he is racist at all. He just wants to keep his life quiet and comfortable. He really seems to believe that he is doing what is best for this family by trying to keep them safe. He is a complex character who has very strong arguments to justify his visit.
Bobo M Bobo is Walter Lee?s friends that was in on the business deal with him and Willie Harris. He is a ?very slight little man in a not too prosperous business suit and with haunted frightened eyes and a hat pulled down tightly, brim up, around his forehead? (Lorraine Hansberry?s description). He was somehow in on scamming Walter with Willie, but he was blindsided when Willie disappeared with his money as well. He comes in to break the bad news to Walter and we see that his life has been just as uprooted.
Mrs. Johnson F She is the Youngers’ neighbor. She is not their favorite person. She is ?a rather squeaky wide-eyed lady of no particular age?. She comes in with a newspaper to point out to Ruth and Mama how dangerous is will be for them to move into Clybourne Park. Her syrupy sweetness is rather fake and irritating. This role is small . She only appears in one scene, and so the scene and character are often cut altogether.
Moving Men M The moving men help the Youngers move out of their old home at the end of the play. They have no lines and can often be portrayed by the show’S actual stagehands.”