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The TFANAs wedding band Announces expansion and ticketing initiative

Alice Childress’ rarely produced play debuted Off-Broadway on May 8.

Brittany Bradford and Thomas Sadoski in wedding band
Henry Grossman


Theater for a New Audience’s production of Alice Childress’ Alliance: a love/hate story in black and white extended his engagement for a week until May 22. The production, directed by Awoye Timpo, officially opened Off-Broadway on May 8 after beginning previews on April 28.

A paid ticket initiative has also been announced for May 18: the public is invited to purchase tickets cash-only on a pay-at-the-door basis.

Set in 1918 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.

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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 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.

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.

For tickets and more information, visit TFANA.org.

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