As A Raisin In the Sun comes to a close, it's worth looking back on the past eight weeks and reflecting on who made this production such a resounding success: our incredible cast and creative team. We recently chatted with Caren Blackmore (Ruth Younger), who shared her musical background, her life mottos, music tastes, and more.
Caren: I was born in Brooklyn and raised in Philly.
TW: Home now?
Caren: I'm currently living in Chicago.
TW: Who are your theatre idols?
Caren: I have all the love for Ruby Dee.
TW: Were you ever totally miscast for a role?
Caren: Hmmm... in the 1st grade I was cast as the “Follow the yellow brick road” munchkin. I’m no munchkin!!! I was one of the tallest kids in the class!
TW: What would you be doing if you weren't an actor?
Caren: I think I’d be a musician. I started off pursuing music (flute and alto saxophone) when the stage demanded my attention.
TW: Bucket-list role?
Caren: Tomorrow Marie- Alice Childress, Wine in the Wilderness. Also, maybe Maria from The Sound of Music... My family watched that movie at LEAST three times a year.
TW: What's one thing we should be doing to foster the next generation of theatregoers?
Caren: KEEP THE ARTS IN OUR SCHOOLS!! Not just as after school programs but in actual classes. Artistic enrichment is invaluable and fosters appreciation. We should also listen to our younger generations concerns and dreams, and help them see themselves onstage.
TW: Who are your heroes in real life?
Caren: My sister has been my hero for a very long time. I don’t know how she does it all. She’s a superhero and doesn’t even know it.
TW: What is your most treasured possession?
Caren: A handwritten letter from my grandmother.
TW: What is your motto?
Caren: Wow, I have a few mottos: “just keep swimming,” “bloom where you are planted," and “be the change.”
TW: What are you listening to on Spotify (iTunes, Sirius, etc.)?
Caren: Curtis Mayfield and Alabama Shakes!
Check out the video below—as the Wizard of Oz munchkins see Dorothy across Munchkinland border, it's plain to see how a tall child wouldn't quite fit the part! Don't miss our other Raisin In the Sun Q&As with Calvin Thompson (Walter Lee Younger), sound designer David Samba, costume designer Naila Aladdin Sanders, and scenic designer Lawrence Moten.