TFANA (Founding Artistic Director Jeffrey Horowitz) has canceled the first four performances of its new production of Alice Childress’s Wedding Band, directed by Awoye Timpo, due to two cases of COVID-19 discovered during TFANA’s routine testing on the society: April 23 at 7:30 a.m., April 24 at 7:30 p.m. and April 27 at 3 and 7:30 p.m. The theater plans to begin previews on April 28 and open as scheduled on May 8.

TFANA’s new production, Wedding Band, brings Childress’ masterpiece to New York audiences for the first time since 1972, when it premiered in New York in a production directed by the playwright – a under-recognized icon of American theater – Joseph Papp. Wedding Band is set in 1918 Charleston, South Carolina, in a small, protective micro-community of black women, in which a newcomer reveals a long-term relationship with a white man. The play traces the dutiful couple’s caustic confrontations with anti-miscegenation laws, vicious family racism, community disapproval, and, ultimately, deadly disease and their own long-buried feelings.

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 Reece as Teeta , Thomas Sadoski as Herman, Elizabeth Van Dyke as Fanny Johnson and Max Woertendyke as Bell Man. The creative team includes Jason Ardizzone-West (Scenic Designer), Qween Jean (Costume Designer), Stacey Derosier (Lighting Designer), Rena Anakwe (Sound Designer), Alphonso Horne (Composer), Nehemiah Luckett (Music Director), Renee Robinson (Movement Director), Andrew Wade (Voice Director), Cherie Corinne Rice (Dialect Coach), Arminda Thomas (Playwright) and Jonathan Kalb (TFANA Resident Playwright).

TFANA produces and presents Wedding Band as part of the residency of CLASSIX, the collective created by Awoye Timpo with Brittany Bradford, AJ Muhammad, Dominique Rider and Arminda Thomas, at TFANA. CLASSIX blasts the classical canon through an exploration of the history of black performance and the dramatic works of black writers – and offers an intervention in the current conversation around the history of theater

The Wedding Band performances will now begin on April 28 and run until May 15.

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