Trouble in Mind
By Alice Childress
Directed by Irene Lewis
Featuring E. Faye Butler
Illustration by Nathan Fox
Rebel with a Cause – Sunday, November 27 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Everybody loves a rebel. But do we, as a culture, have a need to go against the status quo? Arena Stage is honored to bring together Doris Kearns Goodwin (Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian) and director Bill Rauch for a discussion on pivotal moments of rebellion and conspiracy throughout the ages – from the Gunpowder Plot in 1606 London to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the Rosenbergs’ espionage. Moderated by Arena Stage Associate Artistic Director David Dower, join us for this fascinating look at the art of rebellion. RSVP by calling the Sales Office at 202-488-3300.
For years, the play Trouble in Mind, by African-American playwright Alice Childress, was recommended to me as a show that, as artistic director of CENTERSTAGE, I should produce. I had read the play several times over the years and found it to be “old-fashioned/old hat,” especially concerning the depiction of the character of the white director. Finally, I decided to ask the opinion of an African-American actress whose judgment I have always valued. She read the play and told me that she liked it. When I asked if she found the role of the white director dated and unbelievable, she said, “No.” So I came around to the opinion that this was another case of – what should I call it – whites (me) being “out of touch” with the experiences of African-Americans. I decided to produce and direct the play at CENTERSTAGE in Baltimore. It subsequently transferred to Yale Repertory Theater. I am delighted that Molly is bringing this groundbreaking piece to Arena Stage.