Trouble In Mind
April 5, 2014 - April 27, 2014
By Alice Childress
Directed by Jade King Carroll
“a fresh, lively and cutting satire” – The New York Times
Don’t miss this bitingly funny backstage drama! On the stage of a Broadway theater in New York City in the mid-1950s, a modern, recently integrated theater company has gathered for their first day of rehearsal. As artistic personalities and prejudices collide, an explosive chain reaction ripples through the entire company. A rediscovered classic with a contemporary feel, Trouble In Mind is a beautiful and moving piece of American theater.
Note: The 3pm performance on Saturday, April 26 will offer American Sign Language Interpretation.
McKinley Belcher III
McKinley Belcher III (John Nevins) has appeared Off-Broadway in Romeo and Juliet at Classic Stage Company and regionally in Twelfth Night at Hartford Stage; Invisible Man at Studio Theatre (Helen Hayes Award-Best Ensemble) and Huntington Theatre Company; As You Like It at Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles; the world-premiere adaptation Macbeth 1969 at Long Wharf Theatre; To Kill a Mockingbird at Bay Street Theatre; Medal of Honor Rag at Shadowland Theatre; The Merchant of Venice, All’s Well That Ends Well, and Macbeth at Kingsmen Shakespeare Company; Victor Woo at the Village Theater/FringeNYC; and The Wiz at True Colors Theatre Company. Television credits include Power on STARZ, Louie on FX, Rizzoli & Isles on TNT, and Law & Order: LA on NBC. Film credits include Ricky, and John Sayles’ most recent independent feature film Go for Sisters. McKinley has an MFA from USC’s School of Dramatic Arts, where he won the Ava Greenwald Award, and a BA from Belmont University.
Robert Hogan (Henry) made his Two River debut earlier this season in On Borrowed Time. Broadway: A Few Good Men (Capt. Matthew Markinson), Hamlet (Ghost of Hamlet’s Father). Off-Broadway: Blood and Gifts, Luck of the Irish (Lincoln Center), Never the Sinner (Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actor), Waiting for Lefty (dir. Joanne Woodward), Further Than the Furthest Thing (Manhattan Theatre Club), Boy (Primary Stages), Murder in the First, Rainbow Kiss, Romania Kiss Me (59E59), What Didn’t Happen, On the Bum (Playwrights Horizons), Baby Dance (Lucille Lortel), Hope Is the Thing With Feathers (Drama Dept.), Rutherford & Son (Mint Theater), Mourning Becomes Electra, Accomplices (New Group), In the Western Garden (EST), Major Crimes, Lighting Up the Two-Year-Old (Actors Studio Free Theatre) and Abe Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party. Regional: Moon for the Misbegotten (Arena Stage, Helen Hayes Award nom. for Best Actor), William Kennedy’s Grandview (Capitol Rep), The Master Builder (Yale Rep), Uncle Vanya (Bard), Robbers (Long Wharf), Indolent Boys (Syracuse Stage), Ty Cobb (Chautauqua). Film: Too Big to Fail, Good Marriage, Welcome to Academia, Species II, Lady in Red, Sweet Land, Prince Jack, Maze, Michael Crichton’s Westworld and Hamburger: The Motion Picture. TV: The Wire, Law & Order, L&O: Criminal Intent, L&O: SVU, Hill Street Blues, Cosby, M*A*S*H, Batman (Role: Greatest Pitcher in the World), and over 150 primetime shows. Bob is married to author Mary Hogan whose latest novel, Two Sisters, was recently published by William Morrow.
Jonathan David Martin
Jonathan David Martin (Eddie Fenton) is thrilled to be making his Two River Theater debut! New York credits include War Horse at Lincoln Center Theater (original Broadway cast) and Ndebele Funeral (FringeNYC, Lincoln Center Education) with his company, Smoke & Mirrors Collaborative. Regional credits include shows at Portland Center Stage, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Empty Space Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Monica, Not Man Apart Physical Theater Ensemble, and Washington Ensemble Theatre where he is a founding Co-Artistic Director. TV: Unforgettable and Believe (dir. Alfonso Cuarón). Jonathan has received the Leonore Annenberg Foundation Fellowship for the Arts for his work as an actor and theater maker. MFA: NYU Grad Acting.
Brenda Pressley (Wiletta Mayer) previously appeared at Two River Theater in the world premiere of In This House. Broadway: The Lyons, The American Plan, Cats, Dreamgirls (original company), The Mooney Shapiro Songbook. Off-Broadway: The Lyons; The First Breeze of Summer; Mom, How Did You Meet the Beatles?; Seven Guitars; Fran’s Bed; Goodwill; Marvin’s Room; And the World Goes ’Round: The Songs of Kander and Ebb (Outer Critics Circle Award); Blues in the Night. Regional: Black Odyssey (Denver Center Theatre Company); Sundance Theatre Lab 2002; The Old Settler (Freedom Theatre, 2000 Barrymore Award, Best Actress; also world premiere at McCarter Theatre and Long Wharf Theatre); Intimate Apparel (Baltimore Centerstage and South Coast Rep); Blues for an Alabama Sky (Cincinnati Playhouse, The Old Globe); Jar the Floor (Syracuse Stage); A Raisin in the Sun (Ford’s Theatre); To Be Young, Gifted and Black (The Kennedy Center). Film: Detachment, 16 Blocks, Cradle Will Rock (written and directed by Tim Robbins), Twisted, It Could Happen to You. Television: Body of Proof, Law & Order, Deadline, Law & Order: SVU, New York Undercover, Daddy’s Girl, Harambee!, Educating Matt Waters, HBO’s Lifestories, Brewster Place (with Oprah Winfrey).
Roger Robinson (Sheldon Forrester) Broadway: August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Tony Award), Drowning Crow, August Wilson’s Seven Guitars (Tony nomination), The Iceman Cometh, Amen Corner—The Musical, Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death, The Miser, Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?. Off-Broadway: Walk in Darkness, The Middle of Nowhere, The Trials of Brother Jero, The Strong Breed, others. Regional credits include La Jolla Playhouse, Ebony Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe, Alley Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, The Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Seattle Rep, Hartford Stage, Syracuse Stage, Yale Rep, Long Wharf, NJ Shakespeare Festival, American Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival. London: Royal National Theatre. TV: Elementary, Rubicon, ER, Kojak, Baretta, others. Film: Preaching to the Choir, Wedding Daze, Willie Dynamite, Newman’s Law, Meteor, The Pack, Foreclosure. Awards: Outfest Grand Jury Award for Best Actor (Brother to Brother), Independent Spirit nomination (Brother to Brother), Fox Foundation Fellow.
Brian Russell (Bill O’Wray) is very happy to be making his Two River Theater debut. He’s appeared on Broadway in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial and The Farnsworth Invention. He was in the national tours of Laughter on the 23rd Floor, The Graduate, and On Golden Pond. He’s appeared at numerous regional theatres including the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington DC, Arden Theatre, Syracuse Stage, and many others. TV appearances include The Blacklist, 30 Rock, Rescue Me, Gossip Girl, Royal Pains and, of course, Law & Order. Film credits include Paper Man, Tenderness, and Handsome Harry. He’s also appeared in lots of national and regional television commercials. He lives in New York City with his wife, Dara, and their daughter, Vivian.
Steven Skybell (Al Manners) returns to Two River, where he was previously seen in On Borrowed Time, The Electric Baby, Much Ado About Nothing, and Candida. Broadway: Pal Joey; Wicked; The Full Monty; Love! Valour! Compassion!; Café Crown; Ah, Wilderness!. Off-Broadway includes: Antigone in New York (Obie Award); Love’s Labor’s Lost (The Public); A Man’s a Man, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Galileo, and The Age of Iron (all CSC); The Lesson (Atlantic); The Controversy (The Public), What Didn’t Happen (Playwrights Horizons); numerous Shakespeare productions at the Delacorte, The Public, and Theatre for a New Audience. Regional credits include Arthur in Camelot (Helen Hayes nomination); title roles in Uncle Vanya (McCarter/La Jolla) and Hamlet (California Shakespeare); Berkshire Theatre Festival; Westport Country Playhouse; former company member of American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, Mass.; inaugural season of Shakespeare’s Globe, London (PBS Great Performances). BBC radio drama: The Day That Lehman Died (Peabody Award). TV/Film: 666 Park Avenue, Elementary, Law & Order, Sex and the City, All My Children, Simply Irresistible, Cradle Will Rock, Tom and Francie.
Hayley Treider (Judy Sears) made her Two River debut last season in Present Laughter. New York: The Best of Everything (HERE), Double Falsehood (Classic Stage Company), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (The New Victory). Regional: Westport Country Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Bard SummerScape Festival, Roanoke Island Festival Park. Readings/workshops: Rattlestick, MCC, The Public, NYS&F, The Civilians, Playwrights Realm, The Lark, Peccadillo Theater Co., Pioneer Theatre Co. TV: Orange Is the New Black, Law & Order: SVU, Person of Interest, The Drama Dept. Current fellow of the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts. Proud graduate of UNCSA and member of AEA. www.hayleytreider.com
Amirah Vann (Millie Davis) was most recently seen as Cassandra in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at City Theatre. Other credits include The Mountaintop (Philadelphia Theatre Company), Welcome to Arroyo's (Old Globe), Kingdom (Old Globe), Wax Wings (Wild Project). Film/TV: Tracers (2014, dir. Daniel Benmayor), And So It Goes (2014, dir. Rob Reiner), Don't Worry Baby, Once More With Feeling, “Believe”, “Girls”. Much love and thanks to Jade. For my mom and big sis. Thank you for being the strongest and most loving women I know. www.amirahvann.com
Alice Childress (Playwright) was born in Charleston, South Caroline in 1916. She began her career an actor with the American Negro Theatre, where she was a member from 1941-1949. Wanting to create more significant roles for black women, she turned to playwriting, producing her first play, Florence, in 1949. Trouble in Mind premiered in 1955 under her direction at an Off-Broadway theater, and was optioned for Broadway—pending rewrites demanded by white producers, who wanted a more conventional ending. Childress refused to compromise her vision for Broadway, and the production was eventually dropped. The play was published with her intended ending. Her other plays—all of which focus on racial and class conflicts—include Gold Through the Trees (the first play in New York written by an African-American woman and produced with a union cast and crew, in 1952); Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White (which she co-directed with Joseph Papp at the New York Shakespeare Festival in 1966), and Wine in the Wilderness (1969). She was also the author of the novel Like One of the Family: Conversations from a Domestic's Life (1956) and A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich, a young adult novel that was made into a film in 1978. Alice Childress died in 1994.
Jade King Carroll
Jade King Carroll (Director) Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Portland Stage); A Raisin in the Sun (Juilliard and Perseverance); Seven Guitars (People’s Light & Theatre and Point Park University); King Hedley II (Portland Playhouse); The Etymology of Bird (CitiParks Summer Stages); Alondra Was Here (The Wild Project); The Piano Lesson (Cape Fear Regional Theatre); Cherry Smoke (Theatre Row); Sex on Sunday (BE Company @ Urban Stages); The Basset Table (Adelphi); Marisol (NYCDA); Black Girl, You’ve Been Gentrified (Joe’s Pub); Radio Golf ( Penn State); The History of Light, Samuel J&K, The Summer House (Passage Theatre); The Persians, Splittin’ the Raft (People’s Light); Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money (Atlantic Theater for Kids); Spit (INTAR); Associate Director for A Streetcar Named Desire (Broadway). Readings and workshops: NYTW, McCarter, Two River Theater, New Dramatists, Second Stage, The Lark, Primary Stages, Time Warner New Play Festival, PlayPenn, Joe’s Pub, Goethe Institute, Dramatists Guild, Premiere Stages, The New Black Fest, New Jersey Rep, Luna Stage, Playwrights Realm, Naked Angels, NYMF, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Lincoln Center Institute and many others. Jade was a TCG New Generations Future Leader Award recipient, through which she was the Artistic Associate at Second Stage Theatre. In 2010 she was presented with the Paul Green Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Professional from the National Theatre Conference and the Estate of August Wilson. Past fellowships and awards: NYTW, Van Lier, Second Stage, McCarter, and a Gates Millennium Scholar. This summer Jade is looking forward to directing the premiere of Dominique Morisseau’s Autumn’s Harvest for Lincoln Center Institute and Shakespeare’s The Tempest for Chautauqua Theater Company.
Alexis Distler (Scenic Designer) Recent credits include Hir directed by Niegel Smith at the Magic Theatre, Year of the Rooster directed by John Giampietro at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Water By the Spoonful directed by Lucie Tiberghien at the Arden Theatre Company, In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play (2011 Barrymore Award) directed by Blanka Zizka at The Wilma Theater, The Marriage of Figaro directed by John Giampietro at The Juilliard School, Seven Guitars directed by Jade King Carroll at People’s Light & Theatre Company, Henry V directed by Niegel Smith at The Juilliard School. Broadway Associate/assistant: Act One, Bronx Bombers, The Scottsboro Boys, Grace, Rock of Ages. MFA: NYU. www.alexisdistler.com
Karen Perry (Costume Designer) designed August Wilson’s Jitney and Two Trains Running at Two River. Recent credits include The Happiest Song Plays Last (Second Stage); Clybourne Park, A Raisin in the Sun (Dallas Theater Center); stop. reset. and The Piano Lesson (Signature); Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (dir. Phylicia Rashad, Mark Taper); the 10th Anniversary production of Crowns, written and dir. by Regina Taylor (Goodman); Pearl Cleage’s Blues for an Alabama Sky, dir. Sheldon Epps (Pasadena Playhouse); John Grisham’s A Time to Kill, dir. Ethan McSweeny (Arena); Regina Taylor’s Trinity River Plays, dir. McSweeny (Dallas Theater Center, Goodman); The Trip to Bountiful, Walter Mosley’s The Fall of Heaven, dir. Marion McClinton (Cincinnati Playhouse); The Brother/Sister Plays by Tarell McCraney, dir. Tina Landau (The Public) and Landau and Robert O’Hara (McCarter); Things of Dry Hours by Naomi Wallace (NYTW); Having Our Say, written and dir. by Emily Mann (McCarter); and Resurrection by Daniel Beaty (Arena). She has designed eight of the 10 August Wilson plays including: Gem of the Ocean, The Piano Lesson, King Hedley II, Radio Golf, Two Trains Running, and Seven Guitars. Honors include: three NAACP Image Awards (Joe Turner, Blues for Alabama Sky, Rosa Parks Story), six AUDELCO Awards, Chicago’s Ira Aldridge Award 2012, Ovation TV Theatre Award 2013, the 2007 San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award, the 2006 “Woodie” Award, and the 2005 National Black Theatre Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award; as well as Henry Hewes and Lortel nominations. Select film/TV credits include: Gregory Hines Show, Saturday Night Live, and The Brother from Another Planet by director John Sayles.
Nicole Pearce (Lighting Designer) Previously with Jade King Carroll: A Raisin in the Sun (Juilliard School), King Hedley II (Portland Playhouse) and The History of Light (Passage Theatre). Selected NY credits include: The American Dream and The Sandbox directed by Edward Albee; Beebo Brinker Chronicles directed by Leigh Silverman; US Drag and Edgewise directed by Trip Cullman; Carmina Burana (Carnegie Hall); Savage in Limbo directed by Pam MacKinnon, Penalties and Interest (LAByrinth Theatre Company); The Golden Dragon directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar; Betrothed (Ripe Time); Trial by Water (Ma-Yi). Regionally: Sugar Syndrome, A Nervous Smile, and Blithe Spirit directed by Maria Mileaf (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Work with choreographers Mark Morris, Aszure Barton, Robert Battle, Jessica Lang, and Andrea Miller; Netherlands Dance Theater; Introdans; Birmingham Royal Ballet; The National Ballet of Japan; Ballet Memphis and The Joffrey Ballet. www.nicolepearcedesign.com
Karin Graybash (Sound Designer) is pleased to be designing again at Two River, where her previous productions include Macbeth, True West, Candida, and Honk!. Karin has created numerous sound designs for regional theater including: Berkeley Repertory, Dallas Theater Center, Yale Repertory, McCarter, Alliance, Arena Stage, and Portland Stage. Karin was the original live sound consultant for the multi-media production Freedom Rising at the National Constitution Center. Currently, she is creating multiple soundscapes for The Franklin Institute’s upcoming exhibit entitled Your Brain. Karin also holds the position of Sound Supervisor for the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
Valerie Gladstone (Wig Designer) previously designed for Two River’s productions of As You Like It (wigs) and August Wilson’s Two Trains Running (hair and makeup). Other collaborations with director Ruben Santiago-Hudson include The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, and The Last Breeze of Summer, all at Signature Theatre. She is currently represented on Broadway with Terrence McNally’s Mothers and Sons. Film credits include The Great Debaters, Black Swan, For Colored Girls, The Wolf of Wall Street, and The Normal Heart. She is the artist/owner of a new company, Brooklyn Dollworks.
Cindy Tolan & Adam Caldwell
Cindy Tolan & Adam Caldwell (Casting) Broadway: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Betrayal, Cinderella, The Performers, Lysistrata Jones, Relatively Speaking, That Championship Season, A View from the Bridge, All My Sons, Avenue Q, and Xanadu. Previous productions with Vineyard Theatre, Bay Street, Dallas Theater Center, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater, and Lincoln Center Theater. Film: The Place Beyond the Pines, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Winter's Tale, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Blue Valentine, Another Happy Day, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Letters to Juliet, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Starting Out in the Evening, Death of a President, The Darjeeling Limited, The Namesake, Sherrybaby, Kinsey, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, Personal Velocity. Upcoming films: This Is Where I Leave You, Gods Behaving Badly. Television: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Flight of the Conchords, Fringe, The Return of Jezebel James, and multiple HBO pilots. Members of CSA.
Production Stage Manager
Denise Cardarelli (Production Stage Manager) Off-Broadway: ReEntry at Urban Stages and Dov and Ali with The Playwrights Realm at the Cherry Lane. Other NY credits: Highway 47 at HERE Arts Center, Much Ado About Nothing with Boomerang Theatre Company, Dutch Masters with the LAByrinth Theater Company, and Flip Side and Imminence with The Talking Band. Regional credits: Production Stage Manager for Seven Spots on the Sun (World Premiere) at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Weir and Red at THEATREWORKS (Colorado Springs), ReEntry at Round House and Centerstage (Baltimore), 26 Miles and ReEntry (World Premiere) at Two River; As You Like It, Man of La Mancha, The Comedy of Errors, A Christmas Carol, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Servant of Two Masters, Twelfth Night and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and Tour Manager (2007) and Stage Manager (2006) for Shakespeare LIVE! with Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, where she also served as the Assistant Production Manager for three years; Assistant Director/Crew Chief for Dirty Story; and Production Assistant for Convenience at Stages Rep in Houston, Texas.