Trouble in Mind – Staged Reading
Thursday, March 5, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM in ATT
Trouble in Mind is the first professionally produced play written by Alice Childress, a pioneering African-American playwright. It debuted on November 5, 1955, in Greenwhich Mews Theatre, New York City, and ran for 91 performances. For Trouble in Mind, Childress was awared an Obie Award for 1956 for best original Off-Broadway production, making her the first African-American woman to win an Obie. Trouble in Mind is about the troubled production of a fictional, anti-lynching Broadway play, Chaos in Bellevelle. Wiletta Mayer, the African-American lead of the Chaos, as well as the other black actors, must deal with the condescending attitude of their white director, Al Manners. Wiletta stands up to Manners and reveals his racist attitudes but faces severe consequences as a result.