Trouble In Mind - Dallas Theater Center

Written by Alice Childress
Directed by Tiana Kaye Blair


Follow an experienced Black stage actress through rehearsals of a major Broadway production in Alice Childress’s funny, moving, and ultimately shattering look at racism, identity, and ego in the high-stakes world of New York theater. As Linda Armstrong in the New York Amsterdam News says, Trouble in Mind is “a monumental work, whose time has finally come.”

The play within the play.

A scathing indictment of racism in American commercial theatre, Trouble in Mind tells the story of Wiletta Mayer, a Black actress cast in a supposedly “progressive” play about racism by a white male author—it turns out to be anything but progressive.

Show Details: Trouble In Mind is suitable for mature audiences of all ages. The show runs 2 hours and 15 minutes with one 15-minute intermission.

Stay Late: Conversations with members of the cast take place following each performance.

  • First Preview 
  • Pay What You Can Preview 
  • Third Preview 
  • Fourth Preview 
  • Fifth Preview 
  • Opening Night
  • October 13
  • October 14
  • October 15
  • October 16
  • October 18
  • October 19
  • Bradley Atuba

    Sheldon Forrester

  • David Coffee


  • Myiesha Duff

    U/S Wiletta, Millie

  • Claire Greenberg

    Judy Sears

  • Bob Hess

    Bill O'Wray

  • Melpomene Katakalos

    Scenic Design

  • April M. Hickman

    Costume, Hair, Wig & Makeup Design

  • Claudia Jenkins Martinez

    Sound Design

  • Driscoll Otto

    Lighting & Projections Design

  • Tiana Kaye Blair