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Kentwood Announces Open Auditions


October 15, 2015

Kentwood Players will hold open auditions for Lorraine Hansberry's classic family drama "A RAISIN IN THE SUN" on Saturday November 14 from noon to 4 pm and on Sunday, November 15 from 6 pm to 9. Callbacks, if needed, will be Monday, November 16 at 7 pm.

This is a non-equity, non-paid production directed by Harold Dershimer and produced by Kathy Dershimer by special arrangement with Samuel French. Performance dates are January 8 through February 13 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Auditions and performances take place at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester.

Those auditioning should allow time to sign-in and complete paperwork. Please bring a current headshot and resume with you as well as your calendar. A rehearsal schedule will be posted at auditions and you will be asked to note any conflicts. Typically, rehearsals will be held Monday through Thursday evenings and some additional rehearsals on weekends when closer to opening. Be prepared for cold readings from the sides at auditions. If you have any questions, please email

"A RAISIN IN THE SUN" is the groundbreaking play which starred Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeill, Ruby Dee and Diana Sands in the Broadway production which opened in 1959.

Set on Chicago's South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis, and family matriarch Lena, called Mama.

When her deceased husband's insurance money comes through, Mama dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. However, her son Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man while Beneatha dreams of attending medical school.


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