- One ticket to Trouble in Mind
- When: select dates, Tuesday, April 8–Wednesday, April 23
- Where: Two River Theater, Red Bank
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $25 for section B seating at a Tuesday or Wednesday performance (up to $40 value)
- $25 for section B seating at a Saturday matinee (up to $45 value)
- $25 for section B seating at a Sunday matinee (up to $60 value)
- $27 for section A seating at a Tuesday or Wednesday performance (up to $48 value)
- $27 for section A seating at a Saturday matinee (up to $53 value)
- $27 for section A seating at a Sunday matinee (up to $68 value)
Trouble in Mind
It’s the 1950s, and the first day of rehearsal for the Broadway play Chaos in Belleville, a drama broaching the difficult topic of racism. As the recently integrated cast begins their work, tensions soon surface—specifically between the white, male director and the lead actress, Wiletta Mayer, an African-American. The veteran performer senses that despite the play’s subject matter, it still advocates an outdated view on race. What follows is a sharp, satirical look at cultural identity and societal pressures, as relevant today as it was upon its debut in 1955.
Trouble in Mind was written by Alice Childress, and the playwright became the first African-American woman to win the Obie when her work took home the prize in 1956. But in a case of art imitating life, Trouble in Mind was considered too hard-hitting for Broadway. Childress attempted to placate her producers with several rewrites, a move she later regretted and reversed. Today, the original form of the play is considered a modern classic, and has been performed countless times in scores of venues—with the notable exception of Broadway, where it still has not appeared.
Two River Theater Company
Since its inception, all the plays that Two River Theater Company has produced have shared a common thread: capturing the human experience. Bridging the gap between players and audiences, their intimate performances have made them a New Jersey treasure, leading to three Theater of the Year awards from the New Jersey Theater Alliance and The Star Ledger, as well as designation as a Major Impact Organization by the New Jersey State Council of the Arts. Giving them space to play along the way are two theaters: the 350-seat Joan and Robert Rechnitz Theater, where six-play subscription seasons and holiday shows unfold, and the 99-seat black box Marion Huber Theater.