A Raisin in the Sun

Performances: October 4 - 20, 2013

Fridays & Saturdays @8PM
Sundays @2:30PM

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Set on Chicago's South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis and matriarch Lena. When her deceased husband's insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans, however: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. Sacrifice, trust and love among the Younger family and their heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.
Characters
Walter Lee Younger: Male (African American) – Age: 25-45 A man passionate about fulfilling his dreams of building a better future for himself and his family. Walter Lee is focused on investing his father’s life insurance money in a liquor store.
Ruth Younger: Female (African American) – Age: 25-40 Walter Lee’s wife, worn from her living conditions and the challenges of being a wife and mother but clinging to hope where she can find it.
Lena Younger: Female (African American) – Age: 40-65 The mother of Walter Lee and Beneatha Younger. She is the backbone of the family. She is dedicated to building a firm foundation for her children to live and be prosperous.
Beneatha Younger: Female (African American) – Age: 20-30 The educated younger sister of Walter Lee who has dreams of being a doctor. She sees struggle all around her but she is part of the new educated movement of young people with opportunities.
Travis Younger: Male (African American) – Age: 7-12 Walter Lee and Ruth’s son and the apple of his grandma’s eye.
Joseph Asagai: Male (African American) – Age: 20-35 A foreign exchange student from Africa who has eyes for Beneatha.
George Murchison: Male (African American) – Age: 20-35 A well educated and affluent student from Beneatha’s school who she is currently dating.
Bobo: Male (African American) – Age: 20-65 A friend of Walter Lee who is wanting to invest in the liquor business.
Karl Linder: Male (Caucasian) – Age: 25-55 A man from Clybourne Park desperately trying to discourage the Younger family from moving in.
Moving Man (2 roles): Male (African American) – Age: 18-65 The men coming to move the family from their current home.





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Director:
Stage Manager:
House Manager:
Technical Design:
John Berlo
Dawn Berlo


John Berlo
Production Crew
Cast
Ruth Younger  ...................  Chywanda Davis
Travis Younger  ................  Samuel Sherman
Walter Lee Younger  ....................  Eric Allen
Beneatha Younger  ...........  Lydia Frempong
Lena Younger  .........................  Maria Butler
Joseph Asagai  ........................  Kamil Vencil
George Murchison  .........................  D Norris
Karl Lindner  ............................  Bob Newton
Bobo  ......................................  Joe Simpson
Mrs. Johnson  .......................  Sharita Bishop

Congratulations to the new cast of A Raisin in the Sun!  With all the great talent who auditioned, it was extremely difficult to choose.  We hope to see all of you audition again or, better yet, we can always use other assistance with the show.

Please send an email to dawn.berlo@newlondontheatre.org to accept your role.

First read through on Thursday at 7pm at the theatre, please bring a pencil and highlighter.

Typical rehearsals will be Monday and Thursdays at 7:30pm and Saturdays at 1pm.
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