After receiving a one-week extension, the Off-Broadway run of Alice Childress' Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White finishes its limited engagement May 22. Awoye Timpo directs the production from Theatre for a New Audience; opening was May 8.
Set in 1918 Charleston, South Carolina, at the end of WWI 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.
Starring in the cast are 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 both the 1960s, when the play was written, and in 1918, the time the play is set, we were asking: how are we shaping our society in a way that’s just, and how can we find a place where we can survive and support each other so that all of us can thrive?" Timpo explained in an earlier statement. "It’s interesting and revealing doing this piece in a moment where we’re asking a lot of questions about who we want to be—and also rejecting many of the framings of the past.”
The production featured scenic design by Jason Ardizzone-West, costume design by Qween Jean, lighting design by Stacey Derosier, sound design by Rena Anakwe, music composition by Alphonso Horne, music direction by Nehemiah Luckett, movement direction by Renee Robinson, voice direction by Andrew Wade, dialect coaching by Cherie Corinne Rice, and dramaturgy by Arminda Thomas and TFANA Resident Dramaturg Jonathan Kalb.
TFANA presents and produces the play as part of CLASSIX's residency. The theatre collective CLASSIX was formed by Timpo, Bradford, and Thomas with A.J. Muhammad and Dominique Rider as an exploration of Black performance history and dramatic works by Black writers.