The Broadway premiere of Alice Childress’ Trouble in Mind has announced more cast members. Joining the previously announced LaChanze as Wiletta are Roundabout Theatre Company alumni Michael Zegen (Bad Jesus) as Al Manners and Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper as Sheldon Forrester.

Trouble in Mind – cast

Further additions to the cast are Danielle Campbell as Judy Sears, Jessica Frances Dukes as Millie Davis, Brandon Micheal Hall as John Nevins, Simon Jones as Henry, Alex Mickiewicz (The Last Match) as Eddie Fenton, and Don Stephenson (Death Takes a Holiday) as Bill O’Wray.

Plot

In 1955, as an experienced black stage actress rehearsed Broadway’s major works. This showcases Childress’ views on racism, identity, and self in the New York theater world opened on Off-Broadway. The play was announced to move to Broadway in 1957. It was considered to be a revelation for the civil rights movement and the feminist movement. But it never appeared on stage.

Follow her through the rehearsal of major Broadway works in Alice Childress’s satirical and touching examination of the New York World. With its racism, identity, and ego. The show was at the forefront of the civil rights movement and the feminist movement. Trouble in mind started previews off-Broadway in 1955 and received good reviews, and announced their move to Broadway in 1957… This is a work that has never appeared before.

Production

After two recent development readings with director Charles Randolph-Wright, Trouble in Mind came to Broadway. And he will also direct Broadway stage performances. In addition, in collaboration with Black Theatre United (co-founded by LaChanze), read Childress’s play “Wine in the Wilderness” online as part of Roundabout’s years of The Refocus Project. That way they will highlight the dramas of black dramatists in the 20th century.

The creative team produced by Broadway includes set designer Arnulfo Maldonado, costume designer Emilio Sosa, lighting designer Kathy A. Perkins, sound designer Dan Moses Schreier, composer Nona Hendryx, and hair and wig designer Cookie Jordan. The preview will begin on October 29th and will open at the American Airlines Theater on November 18th. The limited-time operation is scheduled for January 9, 2022.

Credits: Playbill.com; newyorktheatreguide.com

Credits featured image: Roundabout Theater Company

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