Downtown Cabaret Theatre Main Stage Theatre (Eli Newsom, Producing Artistic Director; Hugh Hallinan, Executive Producer) is holding an open call audition for Lorraine Hansberry’s classic drama A RAISIN IN THE SUN on October 10 & 11, 2017. Director: Brian Crook. The show runs Feb 2-18, 2018 at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport, CT.
Two open-call auditions will take place:
Tues October 10 6:30pm-9pm (sign-in begins 6pm, sign-in ends 8pm)
Wed October 11 6:30pm-7:30pm (sign-in begins 6pm, sign-in ends 7pm)
Actors will be seen in order of arrival, with the exception of the actors who have secured appointments (scroll down below for info on how to reserve a timeslot). For those unable to attend auditions, in some cases the director may consider video submissions. Please email email@example.com for info.
Actors who auditioned at Season General Auditions:
If you auditioned at season general auditions in June 2017, and are requested by the director for callbacks, you will be contacted by September 20, 2017. If you have not been contacted you are welcome to re-audition.
Downtown Cabaret Theatre
263 Golden Hill St.
Bridgeport CT 06604
WHAT TO PREPARE:
All actors should bring a current headshot (or recent photo) and 1 page acting resume or list of theater/performing experience.
Please prepare one (or more) of the following selections from the play. Use the character breakdown below to make your choices as for the role(s) you would like to be considered for. If you aren’t sure what role you would like to be considered for, look through the sides and select one that resonates with you. If you want to be considered for a role that there is not an audition side for, for audition purposes please choose one of these audition sides; on your audition form you can mark role(s) for which you would like to be considered. CLICK HERE FOR AUDITION SIDES
Callbacks will take place on Wed Oct 11 beginning at 7:30pm. Not all roles require a callback.
The general rehearsal schedule for Main Stage Theatre productions are Mon-Thurs from 6:30pm-10pm and for most productions, Sunday evenings 5-9pm or some afternoons (or another weekend day TBA, based on cast and directors’ schedules). During tech week, the hours typically extend. Rehearsals typically begin on or around 5-6 weeks before opening.
The performance schedule for A RAISIN IN THE SUN is as follows: The show runs Feb 2-18, 2018. Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 5pm and 8:15pm, and Sundays at 6pm, as well as TWO weekday morning student matinees, on Wed Feb 7 and Wed Feb 14, both at 9:30am, where local high schoolers attend on a field trip (for many, it is their first exposure to live theater). (Snow makeup dates Fri Feb 9 and Fri Feb 16). The first rehearsal will be on or around Jan 2, 2018, as well as we may schedule a read-thru Mon Dec 11 ahead of the holiday break.
For convenience we are offering limited appointment time slots. Appointments are not necessary, however they are recommended. Visit www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0E49A9A822A2FF2-open9 to access the audition sign-up form. Please make a note of your appointment time and date as you may not receive a reminder. Audition slots are limited, first-come, first-served. Actors without appointments will be seen as time allows between appointment slots. Those without appointments should allow for 1-2 hours of wait time.
ABOUT THE SHOW:
In Lorraine Hansberry’s classic, an African American woman, Lena Younger, lives with her extended family in a cramped apartment on Chicago’s South Side. On their unknowing behalf, she places a down payment on a home in Clybourne Park—an affordable white neighborhood. Racial intolerance attempts to derail the family’s dreams in this 1959 masterpiece, which “changed American theater forever” (New York Times) and continues to resonate with generation after generation.
A RAISIN IN THE SUN — CHARACTER BREAKDOWN
WALTER LEE YOUNGER:
40s. Male. African-American. A dreamer, whose big plans and schemes are fueled by his aspirations and ambitions to become something in the world.
Mid 30s – Early 40’s. Female. African-American. Married to Walter Lee. Pragmatic, strong, and hard-working. She is exhausted from bearing the weight of running a family, working a full-time job, and managing their tight finances.
60s – 70s. Female. African-American. Walter Lee’s mother and the Matriarch of the Younger family. Straightforward, honest, and principled.
Late 20s – 30s. Female. African-American. Walter Lee’s younger sister. A college student studying to be a doctor.
50s – 60s. Male. African-American. A friend of Walter Lee, the two plan on going into business together opening a liquor store. Gentle, polite, and sensitive.
30s. Male. A Nigerian student. In love with Beneatha. Intelligent, thoughtful, charming, with the assurance and charisma of a revolutionary. He is proud of his country and culture, and he woos Beneatha with the poetry and music of his homeland.
Late 20s – 30s. Male. African-American. A fellow student and suitor of Beneatha’s. Smooth, confident, cocky. Comes from a wealthy family and carries with him a sense of entitlement. A boy used to getting what he wants.
To play 12. Male. African-American. Energetic, clever, honest, but not above manipulating the adults around him to get what he wants. Looks up to his father and adores the women in his life.
40s–50s. Caucasian Man. An emissary sent from the Clybourne Park Improvement Association to visit the Youngers. Intelligent, politic & diplomatic. Gifted & persuasive speaker. Has been sent on the behalf of the Clybourne Park residents to offer the family a monetary deal to prevent them from moving to the all-White neighborhood. Firm & unapologetic in his belief that universal harmony is best achieved by separating society along racial lines.
MOVING MAN 1/ENSEMBLE:
40s. Male. African-American. A moving man who helps the Youngers move out of their apartment.
MOVING MAN 2/ ENSEMBLE:
30s. African-American man. Moving man who helps the Youngers move out of their apartment.
Downtown Cabaret Theatre (DCT) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization currently in its 42nd season. For more info about DCT or their 2017/18 season visit www.MyCabaret.org.