OPEN CALL: A Raisin in the Sun at Lyric Arts—January 14 & 15

A Raisin in the Sun

By Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by Austene Van

Open Call Auditions

Monday, January 14
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 15
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Doors open for registration 15 minutes prior to audition start time.
Final registration accepted 30 minutes before the end of auditions.

Callback Auditions

Tuesday, January 22
6:00 to 10:00 p.m. (TBD; call times vary)

Performance & Rehearsal Information

  • May 31–June 16, 2019 (11 performances)
  • First read-through tentatively scheduled for scheduled for April 17, 2019.
  • Full performance schedule and show description can be found here.
  • Potential rehearsal schedule can be downloaded here.

Note on Diversity and Inclusive Casting

Actors of all gender identities and expressions, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and physical abilities are strongly encouraged to audition. Lyric Arts is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the casting of all productions and, therefore, urges actors of diverse backgrounds and those from underrepresented groups to audition.

Other Information

Auditions will be held at Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, 420 E Main St, Anoka.

Auditioners will be seen in order of arrival. No appointments are necessary.

Please come prepared with headshot (or other non-returnable current photo) and résumé.

Please arrive with a calendar outlining all possible conflict dates between the first read-through and the final performance. (No conflicts for tech week or performance dates will be accepted.)

Stipend: $150

All other questions about auditions—including those regarding audition conflicts—should be sent to our auditions e-mail.

Audition Preparation

You are asked to please prepare appropriate sides from the script. Please download appropriate sides with the links below:

Side 1 - Ruth and Walter
Side 2 - Ruth and Mama
Side 3 - George, Beneatha and Ruth
Side 4 - George and Beneatha
Side 5 - Walter and Travis
Side 6 - Lindner, Walter, Ruth and Beneatha
Side 7 - Bobo, Ruth and Walter
SIde 8 - Beneatha and Asagai

You can download or fill out our standard audition form here.

Character Descriptions

Note: Age ranges listed in character descriptions signify the age of the character to be played.

Lena Younger (Mama): Mature adult, mother of Walter and Beneatha; religious, moral and maternal; a down-to-earth, hard-working widow

Walter Lee Younger (Brother): Lena’s son, about thirty; restless, frustrated, and volatile; a dreamer and an entrepreneur

Ruth Younger: Walter’s wife, about thirty; tired, pregnant, resilient; a pragmatist

Travis Younger: Son to Walter and Ruth, about ten or eleven; innocent and sheltered

Beneatha Younger (Bennie): Lena’s daughter, about twenty; strong, feisty, intellectual college student and activist with dreams of being a doctor

Joseph Asagai: Nigerian, Beneatha’s suitor, about twenty; wise, intellectual, revolutionary; a college student

George Murchison: Beneatha’s date, about twenty; wealthy, privileged, spoiled; a college student

Karl Lindner: White, chairman of the Clybourne Park New Neighbors Orientation Committee

Bobo: One of Walter’s business partners, about thirty

Mrs. Johnson: Chatty neighbor to the Younger family

Moving Men

Contact information

Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
Laura Tahja Johnson
Web site

Respond by
Tuesday, January 15
Posted January 2