Wednesday, April 9, 2014


By Alice Childress
Directed by Jade King Carroll

WHEN: April 5 - April 27, 2014 (for performance times and dates, click here)
WHERE: Rechnitz Theater, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank
TICKETS: Tickets start at $20. Click here to buy!

“a fresh, lively and cutting satire” – The New York Times

Don’t miss this bitingly funny backstage drama! 

On the stage of a Broadway theater in New York City in the mid-1950s, a modern, recently integrated theater company has gathered for their first day of rehearsal. As artistic personalities and prejudices collide, an explosive chain reaction ripples through the entire company. A rediscovered classic with a contemporary feel, Trouble In Mind is a beautiful and moving piece of American theater.

Note: The 3 PM performance on Saturday, April 26 will offer American Sign Language Interpretation.



All of the below events are FREE & take place at Two River Theater.

Panel Discussion: Modern African-American Theater (1950s to Today)
Sunday, April 13 at 5:30 PM (following the 3 PM matinee performance)
Following the matinee performance of Trouble in Mind, leading theater artists will discuss modern African-American drama from the 1950s to the present day. This panel will be introduced and moderated by Two River Artistic Director John Dias and include Jade King Carroll, the director of Trouble in Mind; actor Brenda Pressley, who will play Wiletta in Trouble in Mind and Tony Award-winning actor, playwright and director Ruben Santiago-Hudson, who has directed August Wilson's Jitney and Two Trains Running at Two River. RSVP Here

Backstage Loser Slam Poetry Event
Monday, April 14 at 7 PM
Two River Theater is thrilled to host Loser Slam poetry events with some of the brightest spoken-word artists in the tri-state area. Throughout our season, we will bring open mic and poetry slams to the theater every other Monday! Join us on Monday, April 14 with a poem of your own featuring a theatrical or backstage experience, or just enjoy those written and performed by others. RSVP Here

The Life and Career of Alice Childress
Saturday, April 19th at 5:30 PM (following the 3 PM matinee performance)
Join us for a discussion on the life and career of Alice Childress, playwright of Trouble In Mind and the first African-American woman to have a play professionally produced in New York City. Topics to be covered will include Alice Childress's work as a social activist for the rights of blacks, women, and the working class and challenges facing African-Americans in the 1950s.

Our discussion of The Life and Career of Alice Childress will be led by Julius B. Fleming Jr. who holds a Master of the Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the recipient of Penn's Fontaine Outstanding Scholar Award. He is a fourth-year PhD candidate in English, studying late nineteenth- and twentieth-century African American literature and culture. He is currently finishing a dissertation entitled Staging Civil Rights: Literature, Performance, and the Modern Civil Rights Movement. RSVP Here

Book Club: The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Monday, April 21 at 7p PM
Kathryn Stockett’s bestselling novel The Help won the hearts of many with its humorous and heartbreaking look into the lives of African-American maids working in white households in Mississippi in the early 1960s. It also stirred up the same questions of race, stereotypes, and authorship that circle around Alice Childress’ play Trouble in Mind. For the fourth meeting of the Two River Theater Book Club, Literary Manager Anika Chapin will lead a discussion that will range from civil rights to chocolate pie.” RSVP Here

For more information contact Anika Chapin, Literary Manager, at  or 732.345.1400 x1825.