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Artwork for Wine in the Wilderness

Wine in the Wilderness

May 21–24, 2021

Wine in the Wilderness

May 21–24, 2021

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Struggling artist Bill Jameson is working on his masterpiece, a triptych representing the different aspects of Black womanhood.

He has completed his first panel illustrating innocent girlhood and his central panel depicting a regal African queen. As he embarks on the final panel—the unappealing, lost, down-on-her luck woman—in walks Tommy Marie, who looks like the perfect model. But once he gets to know Tommy further, Bill starts to wonder: is there more to the feminine ideal than meets the eye?

The first ever performance of Wine in the Wilderness was televised on WGBH-TV in Boston, Massachusetts in 1969 as part of the series “On Being Black.” Some networks refused to air the performance across the country, considering it to be too controversial for their viewers due to its depictions of racial issues.

Wine in the Wilderness Cast

Offstage Voices
Pat Bowie
Stage Directions/Girl’s Voice
Brittany Bradford
Cynthia
Amara Janae Brady
Bill Jameson
Brandon Gill
Tommy
Joaquina Kalukango
Sonny-Man
Chris Myers
Oldtimer
Keith Randolph Smith

Wine in the Wilderness Creative

Playwright
Alice Childress
Director
Dominique Rider
Assistant Director
Susanna Jaramillo
Dramaturg
Arminda Thomas
Stage Manager
Jereme Kyle Lewis
Assistant Stage Manager
Tia Harewood-Millington

Running time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Special Thanks: Abby Melick

For information on producing WINE IN THE WILDERNESS , please contact refocus@roundabouttheatre.org.

Black Theatre United

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WE WISH TO EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE TO THE PERFORMERS’ UNIONS:

ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION
AMERICAN GUILD OF MUSICAL ARTISTS
AMERICAN GUILD OF VARIETY ARTISTS
SAG-AFTRA

THROUGH THEATRE AUTHORITY, INC. FOR THEIR COOPERATION IN PERMITTING THE ARTISTS TO APPEAR ON THIS PROGRAM.

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Dramaturg’s Note: Childress in the Wilderness

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History of the Play

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Historical Context

Leadership support for The Refocus Project is generously provided by the Ford Foundation.

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