Founder Lou Bellamy is now Penumbra Theatre’s artistic director emeritus, but he’s far from retired. The veteran director is taking the helm for a new production of Alice Childress’ play about an interracial romance. Writing during the heart of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, Childress imagined an African-American seamstress who develops a passionate mutual attraction with a white man in South Carolina circa 1918. The characters suffer censure from their community, and half a century after their imagined romance, the topic was still so controversial that Wedding Band wasn’t produced professionally until 1972. It remained little known for decades, but in recent years companies have started to revive the script and make the case that it’s an underappreciated classic. There’s perhaps no organization better suited to tackle this complex and challenging script, which isn’t just a plea for tolerance but an examination of intersectionality and an excoriation of white privilege. Local audiences who thrilled to the Guthrie Theater’s superb production of Childress’ best-known play, Trouble in Mind, last year should take note of this rare opportunity to see a Penumbra production of this important follow-up.
PROMOTIONAL EVENT DESCRIPTION Penumbra Presents: Wedding Band
In a small South Carolina town during World War I, Julia and Herman meet under the cover of night to kindle their decade-long commitment and secret vows to one another. Unable to legally marry, these star-crossed lovers—one black, one white—risk safety and security to be together. But is the price more than they can bear?
By Alice Childress | Directed by Lou Bellamy | Save $10 when you purchase by 9/30 with promo code CITYPAGES | Discount applies to adult ticket prices only.
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