Set in the deep south at the end of World War I during the flu epidemic, Alice Childress’s seldom-produced masterpiece is one of American drama’s most mercilessly revealing tales of interracial love. A jewel of theatrical concision and detail, the play traces a devoted couple’s caustic confrontations with anti-miscegenation laws, vicious family racism, community disapproval and finally deadly disease and their own long-buried feelings. Wedding Band, written in the heat of the Civil Rights era, speaks with stunning clarity to the public debates of the Black Lives Matter era. Awoye Timpo directs the play’s first New York production since its New York premiere in 1972.
Summer 1918. Julia Augustine, an industrious young African-American woman, moves to a small seaside town in South Carolina, hoping to live a quiet, anonymous life. Her discreet manner arouses the interest of her boisterous neighbors who discover her secret -- a long-standing love affair with Herman, a white man. Tensions explode when Herman's family arrives in the neighborhood.
Directed by Awoye Timpo
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
Dramaturgy by Arminda Thomas and Jonathan Kalb
Cast Includes Brittany Bradford, Rosalyn Coleman, Veanne Cox, Rebecca Haden, Brittany-Laurelle, Sofie Nesanelis, Renrick Palmer,Phoenix Noelle Reece, Thomas Sadoski, Elizabeth Van Dyke, Max Woertendyke