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Aug. 20, 2007
Auditions Aug. 29 and 30
For CSU Dominguez Hills
Production of “A Raisin in the Sun”
Carson, CA – The
California State University, Dominguez Hills Department of
Theatre Arts is holding auditions for its opening play of
the 2007-2008 season, Lorraine Hansberry's classic, “A
Raisin in the Sun,” which will be presented from Oct.
12 to Oct. 21. The production will be directed by associate
professor of theatre arts Donis Leonard, who will be conducting
two days of auditions at the end of this month, Wednesday,
Aug. 29, and Thursday, Aug. 30. Both auditions will take
place beginning at 7 p.m. in the CSUDH Edison Studio Theatre,
which is located in the University Theatre complex on campus.
A Raisin in the Sun” was named the best play of 1959
and has garnered Tony Awards for its performers and its adaptation
as a musical. The plot revolves around the five members of
the Younger family, who are squeezed into a one-room apartment
on the south side of Chicago, and their plans to pursue their
dreams. The conflicts that arise from Walter's plans to open
a liquor store, Beneatha's goal of becoming a doctor, and
Mama's dream of buying a house leave the family wondering
if all these aspirations might not become "deferred" and
left to dry up.
MAMA: The 60-year-old family matriarch who dreams of a better
home for her family.
RUTH: Walter’s 30-year-old
wife, who is torn between the needs and dreams of others.
WALTER: A 35-year-old man who is
obsessed with owning a liquor store, as a path to the “American
BENEATHA: Walter’s 20-year-old “feminist” sister
who dreams of becoming a doctor.
TRAVIS: Walter and Ruth’s 11-year-old son.
ASAGAI: A 25-year-old African college student and suitor
GEORGE: A 20-year-old from an upper class black family;
suitor to Beneatha.
LINDNER: An adult white male, any age; a spokesman for
the suburban “welcoming committee.”
In preparation for the audition,
people should memorize a two-minute dramatic monologue
of their choosing, whether
from “A Raisin in the Sun” or any other contemporary
or classical play, but one that will showcase the main qualities
of the character they are auditioning to play.
For more information, contact Leonard via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
The University Theatre complex on the campus of CSU Dominguez
Hills is located on Toro Center Drive/Tamcliff Street off
Victoria Street in the city of Carson. Metered parking lots
are within walking distance. Permits are $3 and can be purchased
at yellow kiosk machines near each lot.
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California State University, Dominguez Hills is a highly diverse,
urban university located in the South Bay, primarily serving the
Los Angeles metropolitan area. The university prides itself on
its outstanding faculty and friendly, student-centered environment.
Known for excellence in teacher education, nursing, psychology,
business administration, and digital media arts, new degree programs
include computer science, criminal justice, recreation and leisure
studies, social work, and communication disorders. On campus is
the Home Depot Center, a multi-purpose sports complex that hosts
world-class soccer, tennis, track and field, lacrosse, and cycling.
Accredited by the National
Association of Schools of Theatre and with memberships in
the California Education Theatre Association and the Southern
California Educational Theatre Association, the CSUDH Theatre
Arts Department stages six major theatrical productions each
season in either its 485-seat University Theatre or the more
intimate 70-seat Edison Studio Theatre. In addition to producing
actors and actresses, the department also educates students
to be part of the community. Through its Teatro Dominguez
multicultural theatre company students take on leadership
roles in touring original and ethnic shows to local K-12
schools; its Black Theatre Program provides courses, touring
shows and workshops that illuminate the black experience
for people of all ages and ethnicities; and the newly formed
Dominguez Bridge Theatre Company creates and produces original
plays that tell the story of the surrounding communities.