Dramatic Comedy

Trouble in Mind

March 15 - 31, 2024

Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre (General Admission)

Set during rehearsals for a major Broadway production, Trouble in Mind illuminates the inner life of a Black actress struggling with her career. She’s paid her dues throughout the years, playing stereotypical supporting roles in second-rate shows, and is ready for her star turn. Alice Childress’s 1955 play – which finally premiered on Broadway in 2021 – is a funny, moving and heartbreaking look at racism, identity and ego in the high-stakes world of New York theatre.

By Alice Childress

Directed by Ken Hinton

Click here to access the Trouble in Mind program!

“Trouble in Mind” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

Event photo by Doug Wood.

Post-show discussion | March 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Join us after the Sunday, March 24, performance of Trouble in Mind for a post-show discussion! The talkback will be centered around topics of racism, identity and inequity in theatre and moderated by Assistant Director Andre Minkins. Participants will include Director Kenneth Hinton and cast members from the show. The discussion will be recorded and released as a podcast at a later date.

Andre Minkins

About the moderator: Andre Minkins is a singer, actor, director, producer, writer, and the founder of the theatrical touring company, 7AM Productions. Since receiving his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of NC at Greensboro, he has performed in, written, directed, and produced numerous plays across the U.S. Currently, Mr. Minkins is an Associate Professor of Theatre, TV, Film, and Speech, and a coordinator of Drama at Winston Salem State University.

Minkins is considered one of the foremost authorities on Black Theatre and Theatre Festivals in the country, having been mentored by the late Larry Leon Hamlin, founder of the oldest continuous black company in the Southeast, The NC Black Repertory Company, and creator of the largest gathering of African Americans in theatre in the world, the National Black Theatre Festival.


Thanks to our Media Sponsor for Trouble in Mind, WALTER Magazine.

Ticket Information

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Runtime is approximately 2.5 hours, including one intermission.

Content warning: Set in the 1950s, this play tackles themes of racism and sexism and includes the use of profanity and racially offensive terms. Recommended for ages 13+.

Show Times:

  • Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00pm
  • Sundays at 3:00pm

Single ticket prices, excluding tax and fees:

  • Adult: $29
  • Senior/Student: $25

Seniors are age 62 and up. Students are through college.

Cast List

Aya Wallace
Terri Crymes
Tom Normanly
David Keats
Emily Spain
Kelly Lumpkin
Andrew Carlile
Kevin Burke
Dexter Palmer

Accessibility Information

  • All performances are wheelchair accessible.

  • Assistive listening devices are available for all performances.

  • Audio description for those with visual disabilities. The Thursday, March 21, performance at 8:00pm will be described.