Feb. 19, 2008

Meadows Presents "Trouble In Mind" Feb. 27 – March 2
Award-winning play by Alice Childress tackles racial stereotypes

From left to right: Ginneh J. Thomas, a graduate student in theatre, plays the lead role of Wiletta Mayer; Ozioma Akagha, a sophomore, plays the role of Millie Davis; and Sky King, a senior in theatre, plays the role of Al Manners.

DALLAS (SMU) – The Division of Theatre at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts will present the play Trouble in Mind from February 27 through March 2 in the Greer Garson Theatre of the Owen Arts Center on the SMU campus.

Written in the 1950s by prominent African-American playwright, actress and novelist Alice Childress, the play revolves around the character of Wiletta Mayer, an African-American actress of a certain age who has spent her career playing stereotypes, trapped on amerry-go-round of mammies, maids and other menials.

The curtain rises on the first day of rehearsal for “Chaos in Belleville,” a Broadway-bound play that tackles the harsh truths of racism in America. But when those truths spill out of the play and into the rehearsal hall, will Wiletta’s insistence on her dignity cost her the work she desperately needs?

Trouble in Mind became a smash hit off-Broadway in 1955, making Childress the first female winner of an Obie Award for best off-Broadway play of the year, and soon a move to Broadway was announced. But when Childress refused to accommodate the producers’ request to brighten the ending of the play for a commercial audience, the move was cancelled. Half a century later, the time for this wise and witty play has come again.

The production is directed by Stan Wojewodski, Distinguished Professor of Directing at the Meadows School and former dean of the Yale School of Drama.

Show times are 8 p.m. Wed.-Sat. and 2 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Tickets are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for SMU students, faculty and staff. Parking is available at Hillcrest and Binkley and in the garage beneath the Meadows Museum.

For more information, call the Meadows Ticket Office at 214.768.2787 or visit the Meadows Web site at

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