Racism in the theatre and wider society comes under scrutiny in this 1955 play written by Alice Childress. Tanya Moodie plays Wiletta Mayer, a brilliant black actress who has been cast in a play about racism written and directed by two white men. As the play takes shape Wiletta and her fellow black cast members can no longer keep silent. The play got its long overdue Broadway premiere earlier this month, garnering great reviews which pointed to the fact that while it might be over 60 years old, it speaks to the current moment and does it with a sharp satirical eye.
In 1950s America, protests for racial equality erupt in the face of voter suppression. On Broadway, Wiletta Mayer, a talented black actress, begins rehearsals for a new play about racism – written and directed by two white men. When Wiletta finds that her arguments to tell the truth of the story are dismissed, she decides to take action. First staged over 60 years ago, Trouble in Mind is widely considered the masterpiece of actress and playwright Alice Childress.