Alice Childress's TROUBLE IN MIND is brought to life through Amina's visionary direction!
INTRODUCING: Amina Robinson
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Amina Robinson is a professional actor, director, and currently a Professor of Acting and Musical Theater at Temple University.
Amina's directing credits include Sunset Baby at Azuka Theatre, Dauphin Island at Passage Theater, The Color Purple at Theatre Horizon, Seventy Four Seconds to Judgment at The Arden Theatre, Godspell, and the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Temple University, and Seventy IV Seconds to Judgement as presented with Go Kash Onstage in Residence at the Arden. Amina is also the first Black woman to win a Barrymore Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical for The Color Purple.
Trouble in Mind follows an experienced Black stage actress through rehearsals of a major Broadway production of an anti-lynching play written by a white man. It's a wry and moving look at racism, identity and ego in not only the world of theater, but in American society.
Regarding Trouble in Mind, Amina says:
“The world of Trouble in Mind, for me, is very similar to the world we live in today. We find ourselves unable to break the chains of racism and white supremacy, even today. Our now moment is the now moment of my mother, my mom mom and my nana, each time taking slightly different shape. In the arts, this moment has led and leads us to the exact same place that many of these characters find themselves in, in this play. We oftentimes hide our truths for fear of losing our livelihoods, whitewash stories and narratives for white comfort and consumption, abide by the notion that we should be grateful for crumbs from the American Theater’s table of plenty. Some shuck and some jive, others fight against hope, and every other way of survival found in between. This is Trouble in Mind.
For me the “trouble” is actually that Wiletta has reached a place where she is saying 'NO, I will not abide in it any longer… even if that means my own destruction and the death of my life’s dreams.' She is torn, and the sad reality is, this trouble only holds value in her mind because the world that she lives in couldn’t care less."
Experience Amina’s vision for the world of Alice Childress’s TROUBLE IN MIND
in the virtual reading on Saturday, October 24th @ 7pm
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