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Trouble in Mind on Broadway Tickets

Actress and playwright Alice Childress’ acclaimed play about racism in theater makes a long-awaited Broadway transfer, more than 60 years after it first premiered in New York. Following a Black actress as she rehearses for a Broadway show about racism, Trouble in Mind has long been considered a satirical masterpiece.

A wry examination of liberal racism

Racism in the New York theater scene is examined in Alice Childress’ Trouble in Mind, which finally reaches Broadway over 60 years after its premier.

Acclaimed Black actress Wiletta Mayer is about to start rehearsals for a new Broadway play about racism, written and directed by white men. She and her fellow African-American castmates find their ideas dismissed and voices stifled by a liberal theater scene that prioritizes ego over authenticity, prompting them to take action and face severe consequences. 

Written at the height of the Civil Rights and feminist movements, Trouble in Mind premiered Off Broadway at Greenwich Mews Theatre, directed by Childress. Despite plans for a transfer in 1957, director Charles Randolph-Wright's production is the first time the play has been staged on Broadway. 

Casting includes Tony Award winner LaChanze (The Color Purple) as Wiletta, with Michael Zegen (Amazon: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) as director Al Manners. 

With Alice Childress’ masterpiece enjoying a resurgence in popularity - a production will also open at London’s National Theatre in December 2021 - Trouble in Mind tickets are sure to be one of the most popular for the new theater season.

Sorry this show closed 09 January 2022, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
29 Oct 2021 - 09 Jan 2022
Running time:
2 hours and 10 minutes including an intermission.
Age recommendation:
TBC
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