CAST ANNOUNCEMENT: A Raisin in the Sun

Lyric Arts’ Artistic and Executive Director Laura Tahja Johnson, along with first-time Lyric Arts’ Director Austene Van are pleased to announce the cast of A Raisin in the Sun, which will run from May 31-June 16, 2019.

While we have a few returning cast members, the majority of the cast will be making their debut on our stage. We are so thrilled to welcome Camrin LeClar King, Dana Lee Thompson, Tunka Ayinde, John A.W. Stevens Adophe Magloire to our stage. Along with father and son duo making their debut on our stage together is Leonard Searcy and Leonard Searcy, Jr.

And returning to our stage is Charla Marie Bailey, who appeared in our production of The Good People, Doc Woods, who made his debut at Lyric Arts in Superior Donuts and finally Don Maloney, who most recently was seen in this season’s God of Carnage.


Charla Marie Bailey as Lena Younger (Mama)
Doc Woods as Walter Lee Younger
Camrin LeClar King as Beneatha Younger
Dana Lee Thompson as Ruth Younger
Leonard Searcy, Jr. as Travis Younger
Yinka Ayinde as George Murchison
John A.W. Stevens as Joseph Asagai
Don Maloney as Carl Linder
Leonard Searcy as Bobo
Adophe Magloire will understudy the role of Travis Young


Sixty years after its premiere, A Raisin in the Sun—the first play by a woman of color to debut on Broadway—is widely considered to be one of the best and most important plays ever written.

Set on Chicago’s South Side, the play revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family. When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood. Her son Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Meanwhile, granddaughter Beneatha dreams of medical school.

The Younger family’s heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a timeless document of hope and inspiration.