Auditions for A Raisin in the Sun will be held Tuesday, January 3 starting at 6:30 at SECCA, 750 Marguerite Dr,, Winston-Salem, NC 27106. Roles are available for eight men and four women. Please see the roles descriptions below. Call backs are scheduled for Friday, January 5 at the same time and the same location. For additional information regarding auditions, please contact Tomeka Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lena Younger (50-60) — 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. Mama’s selfless spirit is shown in her plans to use her $10,000 insurance check for the good of her family, part of which includes plans to purchase a house in a middle-class white neighborhood.
Walter Lee Younger (mid-30’s) — 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.
Ruth Younger (30-35) — The 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.
Beneatha Younger (early 20’s) — The 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.”
Travis Younger (10) — The 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.
Joseph Asagai (20’s) — 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.
George Murchison (20’s) — 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.
Mrs. Johnson (40’s-50’s) — The brash and 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.
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.
Bobo (30’s) — The somewhat dimwitted friend of Walter Lee who, along with another friend, Willy, plans to invest in Walter Lee’s business scheme.
Two Moving Men (non-speaking roles) — The moving men enter at the end of the play to help the Youngers move to their new neighborhood.