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Trouble In Mind

  • 221 Walnut Street | Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Presented By: Iowa Stage Theatre Company
  • Dates: April 8, 2023 - April 9, 2023
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Des Moines Civic Center - Stoner Theater
  • Start/End Time: 2:00 PM
  • Price: TBA
  • Overview

    Prompting laughs and provoking thought in equal measure, Trouble In Mind looks at the challenges of Black artists working with a white theater to tell what may not be an authentic story. Wiletta Mayer is black actor cast in another well-meaning “race play” of the time. She doesn’t mean trouble, but sometimes there’s only so much a person can take. This masterpiece by Alice Childress could have been the first play by a Black woman on Broadway, three years before A Raisin in The Sun, after premiering Off-Broadway in 1955; however, its first Broadway production was in 2021 because Childress refused extensive re-writes for the comfort of white Broadway producers.