Broadway, 1957. In rehearsals for a groundbreaking racially integrated production, the leading actress must choose between the role of a lifetime or compromising her values, in this bitingly satiric classic penned by a real-life groundbreaker.

As the first African-American woman to have her work professionally produced on the New York stage, Alice Childress lived this story and tells it true.

“Wise and extraordinarily winning” “scathingly funny” “one of the best plays about racism ever written”The Washington Post

Media

Feb 2 2015

Karen Perry's Midcentury Fashion for Trouble in Mind

Given Trouble in Mind‘s relevance to current issues today, its points prove more striking when we are reminded that it was written, and takes place in, the 1950s. Perhaps no element conveys the mid-century period...

Jan 21 2015

Trouble in Mind: Dress Rehearsal

The cast of Trouble in Mind performed their final dress rehearsal last night! Here’s a peek below. The show is in previews now and will be running at PlayMakers through Feb 8...

Jan 14 2015

Who's Afraid of Alice Childress?, Part 2

Wiletta does not come to the Belleville script with any finessed dramaturgical considerations. Her words are more to the point: “It stinks.” That said, her finesse is found in the shield she carries to guard herself from any such...

Jan 13 2015

Who's Afraid of Alice Childress?, Part 1

Some of our patrons may have wondered this when first hearing the title in PlayMakers’ current season. It is a lesser-known masterwork of a slightly better-known author...

Mar 12 2014

More On What We Have In Store Next Season

We are excited to open the Mainstage Season with the brilliant new comedy by Christopher Durang, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Three siblings collide...

REVIEWS

Alice Childress’ “Trouble in Mind” Asks, What Happens When a Dream Deferred Finally Comes True, But with Unacceptable Conditions?
By Robert W. McDowell
Triangle Arts & Entertainment
January 27, 2015

Actors give superb performance in play on race
By Amanda Raymond
The Triangle Tribune
January 26, 2015

Childress’ ‘Trouble in Mind’ still relevant today
By Roy C. Dicks
News & Observer
January 26, 2015 

PlayMaker’s “Trouble in Mind” explores racial issues through humor
By Sarah McQuillan
The Daily Tar Heel
January 26, 2015

NEWS

Q&A with PlayMakers Repertory Company’s Robert Dagit
By Paige Connolly
The Daily Tar Heel
January 28, 2015

“Trouble in Mind” gives perspective on racial prejudice
By Sarah McQuillan
The Daily Tar Heel
January 23, 2015

PlayMakers has “Trouble in Mind”
By Aaron Keck
Chapelboro
January 23, 2015

‘Trouble in Mind’: A play within a play about racism and theater
By Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan
The Herald Sun
January 22, 2015

Where We’ll Be: Trouble in Mind
IndyWeek
January 21, 2015

“Trouble in Mind” Is a Hilarious Drama About Racial Tensions During Rehearsals for a Broadway Play
By Robert W. McDowell
Triangle Arts & Entertainment
January 21, 2015

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