PlayMakers Repertory Company will address heavy issues in a light-hearted manner as they invite audiences to step behind-the-scenes of a 1957 Broadway production.
The company is performing “Trouble in Mind” through February 8 at the Paul Greene Theatre, with show times Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. as well as Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
“Trouble In Mind” tells the story of a play-within-a-play in which actress Wiletta Mayer must choose between her morals and her dream role in a Broadway play about an interracial couple. Through the play she struggles with standing up for her beliefs, as well as against those of her white, male director.
The story touches on many social issues, most notably that of racial prejudice. Although the production was written in 1955, lighting director Kathy Perkins said its subject matter remains relevant today, especially in regard to African-American actors in the drama industry.
“I’ve heard so many actors say that they didn’t want to do a role because they didn’t feel it was an accurate portrayal of black people, or it might have been stereotypes of them, but in six months they’ll get a paycheck,” she said. “That dilemma is still with us today; this piece is so right on, it’s so timely.”