Undine is a successful African-American publicist living in Manhattan. When her husband takes her money, she is forced to return to her former life in Brooklyn, and to deal with her working-class relatives.
This genre breaking and strikingly original theatre work chronicles an Oakland based African American family alternately in the present and in 1988 after the mother gives birth to a Caucasian baby. Examining how race is lived in and through the body, this world premiere play attempts to unearth the reality and the fictive construction of race – what makes someone black, what is blackness, what is family, and what is lineage- as a family grapples with the issues of race and identity in contemporary America.
‘Trouble in Mind’ follows a mixed-race cast attempting to mount a production of a “progressive” new play on Broadway in the 1950s. The play—an anti-lynching drama set in the South—is written by a white man and directed by a white man, and marks the first opportunity for a gifted black actress to play a leading role on Broadway. But what compromises must she make to succeed? More than 40 years after it was written, ‘Trouble in Mind’, according to The New York Times, “still has the power to make one feel its anger and humor.”
Professor Dov Hassan from Chabot College Interviews Director Margo Hall from the Play Hamlet:Blood AndThe Brain.