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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 dream.”

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 to Beneatha.

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 dleonard@csudh.edu

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.











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Last updated June 15, 2007, 3:56 p.m.
by Joanie Harmon-Whetmore