Brittany Bradford, Rosalyn Coleman and Veanne Cox directed wedding band Opens Off-Broadway May 8
Awoye Timpo directs the work written by Alice Childress.
Alice Childress Alliance: a love/hate story in black and white officially opens Off-Broadway on May 8. Presented by Theater for a New Audience under the direction of Awoye Timpo, previews began on April 28 after its first four performances were canceled due to COVID cases within the company. The race is due to continue until May 15.
Adjust in 1918 in Charleston, South Carolina, at the end of World War I and during the flu pandemic, wedding band delves into the dynamics of a small community of black women as a new addition reveals her long-term relationship with a white man and the many obstacles they all face. The cast includes Brittany Bradford as Julia Augustine, Rosalyn Coleman as Lula Green, Veanne Cox as Herman’s Mother, Rebecca Haden as Annabelle, Brittany-Laurelle as Mattie, Sofie Nesanelis as Princess, Renrick Palmer as Nelson Green, Phoenix Noelle Reece as Teeta. , Thomas Sadoski as Herman, Elizabeth Van Dyke as Fanny Johnson and Max Woertendyke as Bell Man.
Production includes stage design by Jason Ardizzone-West, costume design by Qween Jean, lighting design by Stacey Derosier, sound design by Rena Anakwe, musical composition by Alphonso Horne, musical direction by Nehemiah Luckett , motion direction by Renee Robinson, vocal direction by Andrew Wade, dialect coaching by Cherie Corinne Rice, and dramaturgy by Arminda Thomas and TFANA Resident Playwright Jonathan Kalb.
“In the 1960s, when the play was written, and in 1918, when the play is set, we wondered: how do we shape our society in a just way, and how can we find a place where can we survive? and support each other so we can all thrive?” explains Timpo in a press release. “It’s interesting and revealing to do this piece at a time when we’re asking a lot of questions about who we want to be – and also throwing off a lot of the framings of the past.
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TFANA presents and produces the piece as part of the CLASSIX residency. The theater collective CLASSIX was formed by Timpo, Bradford and Thomas with AJ Muhammad and Dominique Rider with the aim of exploring the history of black performance and the dramatic works of black writers. wedding band premiered in New York in 1972 under the co-direction of Childress and Joseph Papp.
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