Pay Rate: $100 - $300
Audition Date and Time: In-person auditions by appointment,Monday, December5 and Tuesday, December 6. If necessary, callbacks will be held by invitation, Wednesday, December 7th.
Audition Location: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th Street, Chicago, IL 60655
Contact Person Email: frontdesk@beverlyartcenter.org

The Beverly Arts Center of Chicago announces auditions for its professional non-equity production of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play, A Raisin in the Sun. The production is slated to have performances February 9 – 19, with the possibility of school matinee performances on Monday February 13 and  Tuesday, February 14.

Seeking actors for all roles.

To sign-up for an audition appointment, please use the following links:

Audition Appointments for MONDAY, DECEMBER 5: https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/tblua

Audition Appointments for TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6: https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/qsjmu

Material to Prepare:

Please prepare a short dramataic monologue for this audition, aligned with the role for which you are auditioning. Please also bring a current headshot and resume to your audition appointment.

Time Commitment:

Reahearsals are set to begin in mid-December with the bulk of rehearsal time set for January and February 2023. Most Beverly Arts Center shows rehearse 3-4 times per week.

Character Type/Restrictions:


All roles are paid. Actor compensation will be scaled based on the size of the role and time commitment in rehearsals.

Walter Lee Younger: Lead, Male, age range  30-40: 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 ('Bennie'): Supporting, Female, age range 19-25. 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.

Lena Younger ('Mama'): Lead, Female, age range 55-65. 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.

Ruth Younger: Lead, Female, age range 29-37. 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: Supporting, Male, age range 9-12. 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.

Joseph Asagai: Supporting, Male, age range 24-34. 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: Male, age range 29-36. 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 the other characters through his arrogance and flair for intellectual competition.
Mr. Karl Lindner: Supporting, age range 35-50 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: Supporting, Male, age range 30-40 One of Walter’s partners in the liquor-store plan.

Mrs. Johnson: Supporting, Female, age range 40-60 The Youngers’ neighbor; Mrs. Johnson takes advantage of the Youngers’ hospitality and warns them about moving into a predominately white neighborhood; nice cameo role.

Moving Men/Crew: Background / Extra, Male, 18+ The two moving men appear at the end of the play to assist with the move; they will also work with the Stage Manager as members of the backstage crew; age open.

To apply for this job email your details to Kevin@beverlyartcenter.org