Previews for Alice Childress’ play were due to begin on April 23.
Theater for a New Audience has canceled the first four performances of Alice Childress’ Alliance: a love/hate story in black and white due to two cases of COVID within the company. Directed by Awoye Timpo, the Off-Broadway production was scheduled to begin previews at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center on April 23 and will now begin on April 28. Opening night is still scheduled for May 8 with a run through May 15.
Leading the cast are Brittany Bradford as Julia Augustine and Thomas Sadoski as Herman. They are joined by 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, Elizabeth Van Dyke as Fanny Johnson, and Max Woertendyke as Bell Man.
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 and the many obstacles they all face.
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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.
“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 said in a 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.
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.
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