A Raisin in the Sun

Monday, February 20th & Tuesday, February 21st                               7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

At Trinity Presbyterian Church:  1600 Rollins Road                                                                           Columbia, MO; 65203

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. No prior preparation is needed. It is not required to attend both dates, however if available it is recommended that you attend them both.     A script is available at the Daniel Boone Regional Library for perusal.

Show synopsis… the show portrays a few weeks in the life of the Younger family, living on the South side of Chicago. When the play opens the family is about ready to receive an insurance check for $10,000. Each of the family members has an idea of how best to spend the money. Their future seems uncertain and slightly dangerous, but they are optimistic and determined to live a better life. They believe that they can succeed if they stick together as a family and resolve to defer their dreams no longer.

     Cast of Characters…

Walter Lee Younger – The protagonist of the play. Walter is a dreamer. He wants to be rich and devises plans to acquire wealth with his friends, particularly Willy Harris.

Beneatha Younger (“Bennie”) – Mama’s daughter and Walter’s sister. Beneatha is an intellectual. She 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. She dreams of being a doctor and struggles to determine her identity as a well-educated black woman.

Lena Younger (“Mama”) – Walter and Beneatha’s mother. The matriarch of the family, Mama is religious, moral, and maternal. She 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 to move up in the world.

Ruth Younger – Walter’s wife and Travis’s mother. Ruth takes care of the Youngers’ small apartment. Her marriage to Walter has problems, but she hopes to rekindle their love. Her weariness makes her seem older then she is. An emotionally strong woman. .

Travis Younger – Walter and Ruth’s sheltered young son.

Joseph Asagai – A Nigerian student in love with Beneatha. He is very proud of his 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.

George Murchison – A wealthy man who 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 people through his arrogance and flair for intellectual competition.

Mr. Karl Lindner – The only white character in the play. Mr. Lindner arrives at the Youngers’ apartment from the Clybourne Park Improvement Association. He offers the Youngers a deal to reconsider moving into his neighborhood.

Bobo – One of Walter’s partners in the liquor store plan.

Willy Harris – A friend of Walter’s and coordinator of the liquor store plan. Willy never appears onstage, which helps keep the focus of the story on the dynamics of the Younger family. (May be a double cast role.)

Mrs. Johnson – The Youngers’ neighbor. Mrs. Johnson takes advantage of the Youngers’ hospitality and warns them about moving into a predominately white neighborhood.

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