In Chicago’s south side, three generations of family search for a better life. Insurance money comes to them and they each have an idea of what to do with it. The prejudice they face and their heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world form this seminal American drama.
A Raisin in the Sun is a play by Lorraine Hansberry that debuted on Broadway in 1959. The title comes from the poem “Harlem” by Langston Hughes. The story tells of a black family’s experiences in the Washington Park Subdivision of Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood as they attempt to “better” themselves with an insurance payout following the death of the father. The New York Drama Critics’ Circle named it the best play of 1959.
|Performance Date||First Show||Second Show|
|2/15/2019||7:30PM||One show only|
|2/16/2019||7:30PM||One show only|
|2/17/2019||2:00PM||One show only|
|2/21/2019||7:30PM||One show only|
|2/22/2019||7:30PM||One show only|
|2/23/2019||7:30PM||One show only|
|2/24/2019||2:00PM||One show only|
Seniors (Age: 65+): $21.00
Students (with Student ID): $17.00
Groups (25+): $17.00
Address: 330 W. 202 Street, Chicago Heights
WEDNESDAY – November 28, 2018 – 7:00-10:00pm
THURSDAY – November 29, 2018 – 7:00-10:00pm
Please be prepared to read from the script.
Please bring a photo of yourself that we may keep.
(In order of appearance)
RUTH YOUNGER – Race – Black; Age – 30 – 45
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. Her almost pessimistic pragmatism helps her to survive.
TRAVIS YOUNGER – Race : Black; Age: 8 – 12
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.
WALTER LEE YOUNGER (Brother) – Race: Black; Age: 30 – 45
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. When the play opens, he wants to invest his father’s insurance money in a new liquor store venture. He spends the rest of the play endlessly preoccupied with discovering a quick solution to his family’s various problems.
BENEATHA YOUNGER – Race: Black; Age: 18 – 25
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) – Race: Black; Age: 50 – 65
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.
JOSEPH ASAGAI – Race: African-American (Ideally with a Nigerian accent); Age: 20 – 25
A Nigerian student in love with Beneatha. Asagai, as he is often called, is very proud of his African 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 – Race: Black; Age: 20 – 25
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. He challenges the thoughts and feelings of other black people through his arrogance and flair for intellectual competition.
MR. KARL LINDNER – Race: White; Age: 40 – 60
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 (all-white) neighborhood.
BOBO – Race: Black; Age : 30 – 50
One of Walter’s partners in the liquor store plan. Bobo appears to be as mentally slow as his name indicates.
MOVING MEN – Race: Black; Ages:
MS. JOHNSON – Race: Black; Age: 40 – 65
The Youngers’ neighbor. Mrs. Johnson takes advantage of the Youngers’ hospitality and warns them about moving into a predominately white neighborhood.
(Regarding ages, cast will be dictated based on appropriate relativity)
PLEASE NOTE: This is a community theatre, non-equity and non-pay production.