by Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by Derek Scott
To be performed February 17-19, 2017,
at the Lewisburg High School Auditorium, Lewisburg

Monday, November 28, 7:00-9:00 pm
Tuesday, November 29, 7:00-9:00 pm
The Lewisburg Hotel (4th Floor Meeting Room), 136 Market St, Lewisburg

If you are interested in working on sets, costumes, light, sound, backstage crew, marketing, graphic design, box office, marketing, development… anything related to the production of our 2016-17 season, please join us!  Our technical director Stefan Eisenhower and other RiverStage board members will be on hand to discuss and answer questions about our new Lewisburg High School venue, the behind-the-scenes aspects of our theatre, and we’ll get you involved!

“What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?” We are looking for actors, actresses and behind-the-scenes volunteers for RiverStage’s 2017 production of A Raisin In the Sun. This American classic tells the story of Walter, Ruth, Travis, Mama and Beneatha Younger attempting to escape their dilapidated Chicago south side apartment after their father’s death, and was winner of the 1960 Tony Award for Best Play.

The nine (9) characters in the play are:

  • 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. Twenty years old, 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. She is about thirty, but her weariness makes her seem older. Constantly fighting poverty and domestic troubles, she continues to be an emotionally strong woman.
  • Travis Younger – Walter and Ruth’s sheltered young son. Travis earns some money by carrying grocery bags and likes to play outside with other neighborhood children, but he has no bedroom and sleeps on the living-room sofa.
  • Joseph Asagai – A Nigerian student in love with Beneatha. Asagai, as he is often called, is very proud of his heritage, and Beneatha hopes to learn about her African heritage from him.
  • George Murchison – A wealthy, African-American man who courts Beneatha. The Youngers approve of George, but Beneatha dislikes his willingness to submit to white culture and forget his African heritage.
  • Mrs. Johnson – The Youngers’ neighbor. Mrs. Johnson takes advantage of the Youngers’ hospitality and warns them about moving into a predominately white neighborhood.
  • 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.
  • Bobo – One of Walter’s partners in the liquor store plan. Bobo appears to be as mentally slow as his name indicates.

There are also some Moving Men.  Auditioners may drop in for any portion of either audition session, and do not need to attend both. You do not need to prepare a monologue in advance, but you will be asked to do one or more short readings from the script.

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