Meadows Theatre production has “Trouble in Mind”

Rehearsal for 'Trouble in Mind'Meadows Theatre presents an award-winning play from a groundbreaking and controversial writer with its production of Trouble in Mind, running Feb. 27-Mar. 2 in the Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

Written in the 1950s by African-American playwright, actress and novelist Alice Childress, the play revolves around the character of Wiletta Mayer, a black actress of a certain age who has spent her career playing stereotypes. As the curtain rises on her first day of rehearsal for “Chaos in Belleville,” a Broadway-bound play that tackles the harsh truths of racism in America, her insistence on her dignity may cost her the work she desperately needs.

Trouble in Mind was a smash hit off-Broadway in 1955, making Childress the first female winner of an Obie Award for best off-Broadway play of the year. The play was slated for a move to Broadway, which was canceled when Childress refused the producers’ request to brighten its ending for a commercial audience.

Tickets are $7 for SMU students, faculty and staff. For more information, call the Meadows Ticket Office at 8-2787 (8-ARTS) or visit the Meadows website. (Right, M.F.A. candidate Ginneh J. Thomas as Wiletta, senior Sky King as Al Manners and sophomore Ozioma Akagha as Millie Davis.)