Trouble in Mind

by Alice Childress
Dates: August 7th – 25th, 2024
Location: City Stage in Union Station
Co-Directed: KCAT Company Members Teisha Bankston & Darren Sextro

Featuring Lynn King, John Rensenhouse, Chioma Anyanwu, Logan Black, Arthur Phog Clifford, Robert Coppage III, Scott Cordes, Emmy Panzica-Piontek, and Brad Shaw

From acclaimed novelist, actress, and playwright Alice Childress comes Trouble in Mind, “a monumental work, whose time has finally come” (New York Amsterdam News). A funny and moving comedy-drama following an experienced Black stage actress through the first days of rehearsal for a ‘powerful’ new play about racism—a play unfortunately filled with racist caricatures, shallow dialogue, and led by a condescending white director. A workplace comedy that looks at racism, identity, ego, and the high-pressure world of 1950s Broadway.

Content Warning: This production addresses racism, sexism, identity, class, and many mature themes. This production contains the use of strong profanity, including racially offense terms.


Runtime: Currently estimated to run for 2 hours and 15 minutes including one 15-minute intermissions.

Teisha M. Bankston* – Co-Director
Darren Sextro* – Co-Director
Atif Rome – Scenic Designer
Matt Snellgrove – Costume Designer
Zoe Spangler – Lighting Designer
Mary Robinson – Sound Designer & Composer
Taylor Jene Sullivan – Properties Designer/Technical Director

Pamela A. West – Production Stage Manager
Addison Price – Assistant Stage Manager
Karla M. Fennick – Production Assistant/Wardrobe Supervisor
Gary Heisserer* – Production Manager

Lynn King – Wiletta Mayer
Scott Cordes
– Henry
Robert Coppage III– John Nevins
Chioma Anyanwu* – Millie Davis
Emmy Panzica-Piontek
– Judy Sears
Brad Shaw
– Sheldon Forrester
John Rensenhouse* – Al Manners
Arthur Phog Clifford – Eddie Fenton
Logan Black – Bill O’Wray

*KCAT Company Member

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