Trouble in Mind

Trouble in Mind

by Alice Childress

May 12 – June 3, 2023

Previews May 10 and 11

Get a glimpse behind the scenes of 1950s Broadway! Wiletta Mayer, a talented Black actor, is confronted with the decision to compromise her values when cast in the starring role of a “progressive” play by a newly integrated theatre. As the show goes on, the curtains open, revealing a trailblazing backstage story of egos and attitudes, and an insightful and darkly comedic look at who we are and who we want to be. First staged over 60 years ago, Trouble in Mind is considered the masterpiece of actor and playwright Alice Childress.

Content Advisory: Contains adult themes, including descriptions of racialized violence and slurs.  Call the Box Office for more details.

Run Time: 2 hours (plus 15 minute intermission)

Saturday June 3, 2023 will be a special gala fundraiser performance. Click here find out more about this event called REVEL & Rise.

Special Event:

REVEL and Rise

Support Shakespeare FOR ALL at a Gala and Benefit Performance of "Trouble in Mind"

Saturday June 3, 2023
Event starts at 5:00pm | Performance at 7:30pm

Tickets for this fundraiser start at $250
Black tie optional
Learn more online here

Candice Handy*

Wiletta Mayer

Brandon Burton*

John Nevins

Cary Davenport*

Eddie Fenton

Warren Jackson*

Sheldon Forrester

Matthew Lewis Johnson*

Bill O’Wray

Joneal Joplin*


Courtney Lucien*

Judy Sears

Justin McCombs*

Al Manners

Brianna Miller

Millie Davis

  • Torie Wiggins


  • Shannon Robert

    Scenic Designer

  • Matthew Leckenbusch

    Scenic Designer

  • Daryl Harris

    Costume Designer

  • Jessica Drayton

    Lighting Designer

  • Charlie Raschke

    Assistant Lighting Designer

  • Robert Carlton Stimmel

    Sound Designer

  • Kara Eble Trusty

    Properties Designer

  • Brenna Bishop*

    Production Stage Manager

  • Cole Sweasy*

    Assistant Stage Manager

  • *Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

Check out the Mobile Program to read bios and more online here.

Download and view/print a PDF version of the Mobile Program by clicking here.

Production Sponsors:

Design Sponsors:

Judge Mark and Sue Ann Painter

Marcie and Jim Kinney

Season Sponsors: