directed by vpa/vpue harry elam, jr.  
thu april 5 at 7-9pm | sat april 7 at 1-4pm
Callbacks  sun april 8 at 10am-1pm

About the production

Lorraine Hansberry's moving classic kicks off Stanford TAPS'S 2018-19 production season. This production, directed by TAPS Professor and Stanford Vice President for the Arts / Senior Vice Provost for Education Harry Elam Jr., is presented in conjunction with the Stanford Arts Intensive summer program (see details under "About the Process").

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 matriarch Lena. When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face as African Americans form this seminal American drama. The Younger family’s heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.


HARRY ELAM JR. is the Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Vice President for the Arts at Stanford University. He is author of and editor of seven books, Taking It to the Streets: The Social Protest Theater of Luis Valdez and Amiri Baraka; The Past as Present in the Drama of August Wilson (Winner of the 2005 Errol Hill Award from the American Society of Theatre Research); and co‑editor of four books, African American Performance and Theater History: A Critical Reader; Colored Contradictions: An Anthology of Contemporary African American Drama; The Fire This Time: African American Plays for the New Millennium; and Black Cultural Traffic: Crossroads in Performance and Popular Culture. His articles have appeared in American Drama, Modern Drama, Theatre Journal, Text and Performance Quarterly as well as journals in Israel, Taiwan and Poland and several critical anthologies. Professor Elam is also the former editor of Theatre Journal and on the editorial boards of Atlantic Studies, Journal of American Drama and Theatre, and Modern Drama. He was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Theatre in April 2006. In August 2006 he won the Betty Jean Jones Outstanding Teaching Award from the American Theatre and Drama Society and in November 2006 he won the Distinguished Scholar Award form the American Society of Theatre Research. In July 2014, Elam received the Association of Theatre in Higher education’s highest award for theatre scholars, the Career Achievement Award.

In addition to his scholarly work, he has directed professionally for over twenty years: most notably, he directed Tod, the Boy Tod by Talvin Wilks for the Oakland Ensemble Company, and for TheatreWorks in Palo Alto California, he directed Jar the Floor by Cheryl West and Blues for an Alabama Sky by Pearl Cleague, which was nominated for nine Bay Area Circle Critics Awards and was the winner of DramaLogue Awards for Best Production, Best Design, Best Ensemble Cast and Best Direction. He has directed several of August Wilson's plays, including Radio Golf, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Two Trains Running, and Fences, the latter of which won eight Bay Area “Choice” Awards.


Students cast in the production must enroll in the associated Arts Intensive course; the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education will cover tuition costs associated with enrollment. Cast members and other key creative roles will be offered two units of credit through the Arts Intensive program and will be housed on campus for rehearsals which start during the Arts Intensive program period (September 4-21, 2018) and continue into Fall quarter, culminating in performances in Roble Studio Theater on October 25-27 and November 1-3, 2018.


We are looking to cast eleven actors in various roles. Audition sides will be provided at auditions. Those called back will receive additional instructions. Callbacks will be held Sunday April 8th from 10-1PM.


Click the button below to sign up for a 5-minute audition timeslot. Be advised that you should arrive at least ten minutes prior to your scheduled time to fill out necessary paperwork.



Learn about the Arts Intensive Program eligibility and commitment. Cast and students in other key creative roles must enroll in the related Summer 2018 Arts Intensive course. Tuition costs will be covered by the Office of the VPUE. See more under "About the Rehearsal Process."

where to go

Auditioners should report to the lounge in the lobby of Roble Gym (375 Santa Teresa Street) at least ten minutes prior to their scheduled audition time.