TFANA (Jeffrey Horowitzfounding artistic director) has canceled the first four performances of its new production of Alice Childress‘s Wedding Band, directed by Awoye Timpo, due to two cases of COVID-19 discovered during routine company testing by TFANA: April 23 at 7:30 p.m., April 24 at 7:30 p.m., and April 27 at 3 and 7:30 p.m. The theater plans to begin previews on April 28 and open as scheduled on May 8.
TFANA’s new production, Wedding Band, brings Childress’ masterpiece to New York audiences for the first time since 1972, when it premiered in New York in a production directed by the playwright – a under-recognized icon of American theater –Joseph Dad. Wedding Band is set in 1918 Charleston, South Carolina, in a small, protective micro-community of black women, in which a newcomer reveals a long-term relationship with a white man. The play traces the dutiful couple’s caustic confrontations with anti-miscegenation laws, vicious family racism, community disapproval, and, ultimately, deadly disease and their own long-buried feelings.
The cast includes Brittany Bradford like Julia Augustine, Rosalyne Coleman like Lula Green, Veanne Cox as Herman’s mother, Rebecca Haden as Annabelle, Brittany-Laurelle as Mattie, Sofie Nesanelis as Princess, Renrick Palmer as Nelson Green, Phoenix Noelle Reece as Teeta, Thomas Sadosky like Herman, Elizabeth Van Dyke like Fanny Johnson, and Max Wortendyke as Bell Man. The creative team includes Jason Ardizzone West (Scenic Designer), Qween Jean (Costume Designer), Stacey Derosier (Lighting Designer), Rena Anakwe (Sound Designer), Alphonse Horne (Composer), Nehemiah Luckett (Music Director), Renee Robinson (Movement Director), Andrew Wade (voice director), Cherie Corinne Rice (dialect coach), Arminda Thomas (playwright) and Jonathan Kalb (TFANA Resident Playwright).
TFANA produces and presents Wedding Band as part of the residency of CLASSIX, the collective created by Awoye Timpo with Brittany Bradford, AJ Muhammad, Dominique Rider and Arminda Thomas, at TFANA. CLASSIX blasts the classical canon through an exploration of the history of black performance and the dramatic works of black writers – and offers an intervention in the current conversation around the history of theater
The Wedding Band performances will now begin on April 28 and run until May 15.