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About Trouble in Mind

Trouble in Mind makes its Broadway debut presented by Roundabout Theatre Company at the American Airlines Theatre. Alice Childress's powerful and prescient drama, starring Tony Award winner LaChanze, finally reaches Broadway 64 years after an expected transfer was canceled. Trouble in Mind tickets are on sale now.

When Wiletta, a stalwart Black actress of the stage, is cast as the lead in a new Broadway production, she's thrilled just to be getting work. While other Black cast members struggle with painful stereotypes in the play, a Southern melodrama written and directed by white men, she encourages them to grin and bear it. Yet as rehearsals grow tense and the cast faces worsening mistreatment, Wiletta hits her limit with the white-run industry to which she's devoted her life.

Alice Childress's wry and witty examination of racism, identity, and ego in the world of New York theatre receives its long overdue Broadway debut. Childress's drama debuted off Broadway in 1955 at Stella Holt's Greenwich Mews Theatre, where it ran for 91 performances to critical acclaim. In a startling turn of life echoing art, producers refused to transfer Trouble in Mind to Broadway unless the ending was changed to something more upbeat. Childress refused, and the transfer, which would have made her the first African-American woman playwright in Broadway's history, never came to fruition. 

Trouble in Mind has received a resurgence of interest and regional revivals in recent years, including a celebrated production at Two River Theater, New Jersey in 2014. In an appreciation entitled "Alice Childress Didn't Defang Her Plays, and Producers Said No," New York Magazine theater critic Helen Shaw wrote: "Any list of great American playwrights is incomplete without Alice Childress .... Everyone should be reviving Childress's work." Roundabout Theatre now heeds the call, giving Trouble in Mind its Broadway debut.

Reviewing the revival at Two River Theater in The New York Times, critic Michael Sommers declared it a "rich, unsettling play that lives up to its title ... Trouble in Mind lingers in one's memory long after its conclusion." 

A founding member of the American Negro Theatre, Childress was the first Black female playwright to be produced professionally in New York with her play Gold Through the Trees in 1952.

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Start date

October 29th, 2021

End date

January 9th, 2022

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Alice Childress’s Trouble in Mind offers a wry and moving look at racism, identity, and ego in the world of New York theatre.

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296 Reviews

Patrick M 4

Patrick M 4

1212 Reviews | 345 Followers
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Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy a good story with meaningful messages, humor, a bit of song and a nice set. An excellent cast takes you to 1957 and back to 2021.

Don’t see it if you are looking for a musical that features LaChanze singing throughout. Her she uses her wonderful voice in a few key a cappella spots.

Sing out Louise

Sing out Louise

254 Reviews | 222 Followers
80
“do better… go further”

See it if Alice Childress’ play finally gets a Broadway production after 66 years ! She refused to rewrite the ending, which in 1957, Broadway …

Don’t see it if … producers worried would offend white audiences, instead of entertain them… so it didn’t get its bow until now…

Elisa 9119

Elisa 9119

615 Reviews | 286 Followers
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Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if The play within a play,on inclusion&racism, is brilliantly performed on adequate set. LaChanze is great but all cast is equally impressive.

Don’t see it if Although this is not a musical, you expect LaChanze to use her beautiful voice more in songs than in preachy talks.

BwayBaby

BwayBaby

1008 Reviews | 1057 Followers
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Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if Great play! Writing feels fresh and modern- Could have been written today. Serious themes but also entertaining. Great performances!

Don’t see it if You dislike behind the scenes stories about the entertainment/broadway Industry.

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Trouble in Mind cast and creative team

By: Alice Childress
Director: Charles Randolph-Wright
Producer: Roundabout Theatre Company
Cast list: LaChanze (as Wiletta), Michael Zegen (as Al Manners), Chuck Cooper (as Sheldon Forrester), Danielle Campbell (as Judy Sears), Jessica Frances Dukes (as Millie Davis), Brandon Micheal Hall (as John Nevins), Simon Jones (as Henry), Alex Mickiewicz (as Eddie Fenton), Don Stephenson (as Bill O’Wray)
Design: Arnulfo Maldonado
Lighting: Kathy A. Perkins
Costume: Emilio Sosa
Sound: Dan Moses Schreier

Venue

227 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, United States, 10036

Accessibility

Orchestra & Mezzanine levels fully accessible for those with mobility disabilities

More information about Trouble in Mind

 At the forefront of both the Civil Rights and feminist movements, the prescient Trouble in Mind was announced to move to Broadway in 1957...in a production that never came to be.

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