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Production: 'What Happens To A Dream Deferred? Does It Dry Up Like A "Raisin in the Sun"?' (See both roles)

Lena Younger (Lead)

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Casting "What Happens To A Dream Deferred? Does It Dry Up Like A "Raisin in the Sun"?" Director states: "A short experimental film, partly based on the screenplay of "Raisin in the...more

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Seeking

Female, ages 55-65, African Descent, African American, Hispanic

Role Description

Lena Younger: (Lead) older woman, practical looking, nothing fancy or decorative, domestic worker, housekeeper, & babysitter, (as per the play) is the matriarch of the Younger family that live in a small (government housing) apartment on the south side of Chicago, a dedicated and loyal employee and has worked for Mrs Holiday for almost 10 years, a dedicated mother, willing to pander to all of her children’s needs, spoiling them even, a traditional Christian woman, who’s learnt to not expect much out of life, been poor most of her life and has lived hand to mouth, finally retiring because of a pay-out from her husband’s life insurance, following his death, practical, loving and loyal, almost too perfect, her weakness however is her children. Note: Must look 50 at least, still lively for her age.

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Sides

Lena walks back into the kitchen, not caring to stop the door from making a noise. She busies herself around the kitchen then takes out a basket filled with soft toys, washable kinds, and puts them into the soapy sudsy water that she’s filled the sink with me.
Mrs. Holiday watches, with little reaction.
MRS. HOLIDAY (CONT’D)
You don’t need to bother with those crazy things on your last morning. I can send them out somewhere.
LENA
I can’t washing for no reason but for her. I washed these things ever since I was here and I’ll wash them before I leave . The lady only knows what kind of strong disinfectant and mess they put in the water when they wash these things in them laundries. And half the time she sticks ‘em in her mouth at night the way she did when she was a baby. (Lifting another toy in disgust). Look at this rascal. Look just like he been crawling round in the coal room.
MRS. HOLIDAY
(Pained)
You really told her goodbye?
LENA
(Curtly)
I ‘spect we understood each other.
MRS. HOLIDAY
She’s become so awfully attached.
LENA
She’’ get over that. They always do. Part of growing up.
(Pause)
I called them catering people again ‘bout the orders for the party Saturday night. Whether they ever gets here is something else. You better check on ‘em.
MRS. HOLIDAY
(Quietly)