Alice Childress

Try Not to Think About It, Alice Childress

[NoHo Arts District, CA] – The Loft Ensemble’s sixth production of their ninth anniversary season is the world premiere Try Not to Think About It, Alice Childress by Chris Haas, running May 13-June 5. Show Synopsis. A series of miscommunications turns into a night of survival when a...
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Alice Childress at Theatre for a New Audience

Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA) brings us Alice Childress’ 1962 play, Wedding Band. It is set in a South Carolina backyard and the bedroom of Julia Augustine, a Black seamstress who is loud and proud with her neighbors, and a soft and loving companion to a German baker, Herman. He is white. They are celebrating their tenth anniversary of not-being-married,. Miscegenation is banned by law. Tales of Philadelphia and NewYork being more welcoming have encouraged them to plot their new life.
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After 66 Years Alice Childress Gets A Voice On The Broadway Stage

From the time she wrote her first play in 1949, Alice Childress, was devoted to having her characters speak their truth. A prolific playwright, actress and novelist she wrote stories of Black women claiming their power, voicing the realities of what they faced. In her work she fearlessly shed light on race, class and gender as her characters struggled to navigate their way in an unaccepting world.

‘Trouble In Mind’ Broadway Review: LaChanze Leads Alice Childress Play To Overdue Triumph

Sixty-four years late and right on time, Alice Childress’ wise and stirring backstage comedy-drama Trouble in Mind is making its long-in-coming Broadway debut tonight, and to describe the play as prescient would be an understatement. Uncanny rings truer. With a star turn by LaChanze that takes a strong place in a theatrical season already formidable in its roster of performances, Trouble in Mind takes a behind-the-curtain look at the racism, coded prejudice, self-flattery, sexism and built-in bigotry that Broadway has always professed to eschew. Childress, who died in 1994, knew better, and her insights fuel Trouble in Mind. First staged to acclaim...

Alice Childress finally gets to make 'Trouble' on Broadway

Wiletta Mayer walks into the theater already knowing how things will go. Smartly dressed, attractive and middle-aged (don’t ask for a number, because “a woman that’ll tell her age will tell anything”), she is a veteran actress who has played maids and mammies and knows how to cater to white directors and producers. You can call it “Uncle Tomming.” Or you can call it plain common sense. Either way, it’s a living.
Victoria Advocate

Alice Childress

VICTORIA — Alice was born September 28, 1953 in Austin, Texas to William Harrison Pittsford, Jr. and Lynette Pearl Hempel Pittsford. She was baptized at St. Paul Lutheran Church on October 21, 1953 and confirmed at Redeemer Lutheran Church on May 7, 1967. Alice graduated from Lanier High School in 1971. There she met the love of her life, Gary Childress, in German class. They were married in 1973 at Redeemer and celebrated 48 years of marriage a few weeks before her passing. She attended the University of Texas at Austin, Victoria College and graduated with honors from University of Texas San Antonio in 2003.
Victoria Advocate

Alice Childress

VICTORIA — Alice Children, 67, passed away surrounded by her loving family on June 20, 2021. Visitation will be at Rosewood Funeral Chapel on Friday, June 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. A celebration of life service will be held at First English Lutheran Church on Saturday, June 26 at 2 p.m. with graveside immediately following at Memorial Park Cemetery.
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Roundabout Theatre Company to produce works by Alice Childress, Zora Neale Hurston, others as part of multi-year ‘Refocus Project’

New York City’s Roundabout Theatre Company has partnered with Black Theatre United to launch a multi-year initiative seeking to amplify and restore marginalized playwrights with The Refocus Project, which will encompass Broadway productions, play readings, resource libraries, panel discussions and more. Announced Wednesday, the first year of the project will...