The Stagecrafters theater concludes its 2015-2016 season of noteworthy American plays with the production of the high-tension comedy-drama, Trouble in Mind by Alice Childress, which opens on Friday, June 10. The action plays out on the empty stage of a Broadway theater ca. 1957, where a group of black and white actors and their (white) director are rehearsing a “topical” inter-racial melodrama set in
the rural deep South. Along with hopes and excitement about their theatrical venture, the members of the production team also experience
deep frustration, mutual misunderstandings, and suspicions that their play is only another stereotypical clunker. Trouble in Mind is an insightful, wickedly funny, and often heartrending slice of theatrical life along the fault lines of the black/white divide. One critical commentary astutely sums it up: “With scathing wit and bold candor, Trouble in Mind stakes out territory where few playwrights, today or more than fifty years ago, have dared to tread.” (Seattle Times).
Alice Childress (1916–1994), actress, playwright, and author, performed throughout the 1940s with the American Negro Theatre in Harlem, winning acclaim for numerous productions, one of which, Anna Lucasta (1944) moved to Broadway to become there the longest running all-black play in history. From the fifties on, she also penned a great many plays and other literary works. Trouble in Mind, which premiered at the Greenwich Mews Theatre in November of 1955, ran for a total of 91 performances, winning the prestigious Obie Award
for Best Off-Broadway Show. After some sixty years the writer’s words continue to resonate, still keenly applicable in today’s world. In recent decades the play has enjoyed a rediscovery, having been produced at numerous venues around the country.
Performance dates are June 10-26. Thu.-Sat. @ 8 pm, Sun. @ 2 pm. Tickets are priced at $17.00 Online. (Thu. eve performances “2 for $25” Online, “2 for $30” At the door). Students with valid ID $13.00 At-door. Groups of 15 or more are offered a reduced rate of $15.00 a ticket, paid in advance. The box office opens 45 minutes before each performance. For information call 215-247-8881; for reservations-direct call 215-247-9913. The theater is located in the heart of Chestnut Hill at 8130 Germantown Ave. Visit website for details: www.thestagecrafters.org.
Special NOTE: A “Meet the Cast and Director” Q & A session will be held immediately following the performance on Friday, June 17. All attendees at that performance are welcome to stay.