The TFANAs wedding band Completes Extended Off-Broadway Run May 22
Awoye Timpo directs work written by Alice Childress with Brittany Bradford, Rosalyn Coleman, Veanne Cox, and more.
After receiving a one-week extension, Alice Childress’ Off-Broadway Race Alliance: a love/hate story in black and white ends its limited engagement on May 22. Awoye Timpo directs the production of Theater for a New Audience; the opening was May 8.
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.
“In the 1960s, when the play was written, and in 1918, when the play is set, we wondered: how do we shape our society in a just way, and how can we find a place where can we survive? and support each other so we can all thrive?” Timpo explained in a previous statement. “It’s interesting and revealing to do this piece at a time when we’re asking a lot of questions about who we want to be – and also rejecting a lot of framing from the past.
The production included 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.