Trenton New Jersey Theater Auditions for “A Raisin In The Sun”


Audition for A Raisin in The Sun

Location: Trenton/Princeton NJ

Type: Theater

THEATER TO GO will be holding auditions for their upcoming production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, by Lorraine Hansberry to be produced at Kelsey Theatre October 19-28 2018 at Kelsey Theatre in West Windsor NJ.
Seeking 8 African American actors and 1 Caucasian actor

All roles are Non-Equity, unpaid

• Kelsey Theatre (at MCCC) room TBD, 1200 Old Trenton Rd, West Windsor NJ 08550

• Monday July 30: 6:30-9:30 pm
• Tuesday July 31: 6:30-9:30 pm
• Other times by Appointment

• Fridays, October 19 & 26, 2018 at 8pm
• Saturdays, October 20 & 27, 2018 at 8pm
• Sundays, October 21 & 28, 2018 at 2pm
• Thursday October 25 at 10 am DAYTIME SCHOOL PERFORMANCE

APPOINTMENTS SUGGESTED: Please prepare a dramatic monologue. You may be asked to cold read from the script
Please bring a photo and resume, or email to in advance of the audition
ONLINE sign up for audition time

TELEPHONE: 609 895 9661

Rehearsals will begin in late August/ early September and will be determined after reviewing cast conflicts
For questions or comments or to get some suggested readings from the play, please contact

Set on Chicago’s South Side in the late 1950’s, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger Family: son Walter Lee, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis and Matriarch Lena. When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama Lena has dreams of moving into a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The family tensions, and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. The Younger family’s heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is s searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration. (Samuel French description)

CHARACTERS: All roles are African American except for Karl Lindner

  • Walter Lee Younger: (Male, 30-40) – the protagonist, energetic dreamer, full of hope and despair, wants to raise his family out of poverty, frustrated by his lack of know-how. Wants to open his own business.
  • Lena Younger: (Female, 55-65) – Family matriarch, wise, strong, caring, fiercely loyal to her beliefs and dreams, uneducated but has worked hard to provide and care for her family; does not always understand some of the “new” ways of doing things.
  • Ruth Younger: (Female, 30-35) – Walter’s wife, loving mother and wife, but very weary from the burden that poverty adds to their daily life. She is resigned to their situation. She worries that Walter’s dreams are unrealistic.
  • Beneatha Younger: (Female, 18-22) – Walter Lee’s younger sister. She prides herself on being an intellectual, as she is the most educated member of the family. Wants to be a doctor She is constantly questions Mama’s traditional values. Exploring her personal identity as an African-American woman while dating both George, a wealthy African American man, and Asagai, a
  • Nigerian student.
  • Travis Younger: (Male, 8-14) – son of Walter Lee and Ruth. Sleeps on the couch since there is no bedroom for him. Curious and playful but often sad because of all the family’s problems; hopeful; looks up to his father; loves his mother but often clashes with her.
  • Joseph Asagai: (Male, 18-22) – Nigerian college student, friend and suitor of Beneatha. The most travelled character and therefore brings a vastly different perspective for Beneatha to consider. Actor must be able to speak with African accent.
  • George Murchison: (Male, 19-21) – wealthy college student, suitor of Beneatha with conservative traditional values. Takes pride in his social standing, not interested in her intellect or radical views.
  • Bobo: (Male, 28-40) – Walter Lee’s friend from the neighborhood and would-be business partner. A wheeler dealer but gullible.
  • Karl Lindner: (Male, 45-60) – The only white character in the play. Represents a neighborhood association concerned about blacks moving in to “their” neighborhood. Probably a nice enough man in his own environment; honestly believes he is serving a greater good.

Theater To Go, under the leadership of Ruth Markoe, began in 1992 and has been providing quality entertainment in NJ and regionally since then. It is best known for audience participation murder mysteries and other interactive comedy theater however has expanded to include full length plays and staged readings. T2G produced the award winning production of TO KILL A

MOCKINGBIRD, Mark Violi’s historical drama ROEBLING: THE STORY OF THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE, which tells the remarkable story of the dedication and adversities of the Roebling family, with roots in NJ, that brought this magnificent national icon to New York. Under the direction of Ruth Markoe, this full-length play was recently performed to sold out audiences at Kelsey Theatre in West Windsor NJ. Other recent productions include RIDING THE COMET at the NY Theater Festival Summerfest and TWENTIETH CENTURY at Kelsey Theatre

Payment: Non Paid

City or Location of call: Trenton/Princeton NJ
Please submit to: by 2018-06-21

This casting notice was posted by: Theater to Go

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