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Place: 406 Clybourne Street, near the northwest of central Chicago. A white community in 1950’s Chicago frets about the African American family about to move in. Fast-forward to our present day, and the same house represents very different demographics. Irreverently climbing through the looking-glass of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic A RAISIN IN THE SUN, these contemporary characters explode into caustic comedy to reveal how far our ideas of race and gentrification have evolved—or have they?
DIRECTOR: Rick DeSpain
AUDITION DATE & TIME: Saturday May 16th and Sunday May 17th 3:00pm-6:00pm
The 5 & Dime is committed to casting considerations which reflect the diversity of the people of Jacksonville, while recognizing that a specific gender, ethnicity and age is often a crucial aspect of a particular role or of the piece as a whole. We will include gender, ethnicity and age in the breakdown, where needed, and encourage all actors to audition where none is stated.
In Act I (1958): Russ (Caucasian, late 40s), a man who is unable to get over the loss of his son and is moving out of the house in which his son committed suicide. In Act II (2009): Dan: Workman beginning the renovations for the home’s new owners.
In Act I (1958): Bev (Caucasian woman, 40s). Married to Russ. Cheerful woman who wants to help her husband overcome his grief for the loss of their son. In Act II (2009): Kathy: Lawyer helping the new homeowners negotiate a petition brought against them by the homeowners’ association concerning planned renovations for their home.
In Act I (1958): Francine (African American woman, late 30s), Russ and Bev’s housekeeper who is inadvertently pulled into a debate concerning the neighborhood and the possible change of its demographic. In Act II (2009): Lena: Determined to keep her neighborhood a historical district and prevent the new homeowners’ planned renovations.
In Act I (1958): Jim (Caucasian, late 20s): The local pastor. Asked by the homeowners’ association to convince Russ and Bev not to sell their home to a black family. In Act II (2009): Tom: Neighbor arguing for preserving the historical look of the community.
In Act I (1958): Betsy (Caucasian, late 20s). Karl’s pregnant, deaf wife. Becomes lost in the conversation as it turns more volatile. In Act II (2009): Lindsey: Steve’s pregnant wife. Hearing. Fighting to understand why the community is against her renovations and to convince them otherwise.
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