The Old Globe Presents “Trouble in Mind”

| March 5, 2022 | 0 Comments

“Trouble in Mind,” by Alice Childress is directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg and runs through March 13, at the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, located at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

“Trouble in Mind” is a thrilling new production of a too-often neglected American classic. New York, 1955. A leading Black actress and a multiracial cast rehearse a challenging new Broadway play set in the South. Backstage rivalries and showbiz egos cause excitement of their own, but artistic differences between the cast and the White director soon bubble to the surface, revealing the truths that American drama covers over and the ways in which even well-meaning people can harm others under the guise of helping. The New York Times recently called Alice Childress’s groundbreaking “Trouble in Mind” a rich, unsettling play that lingers in one’s memory long after its conclusion.

The cast for “Trouble in Mind” includes Tom Bloom as Henry (Broadway’s “Henry IV”), Kevin Isola as Al Manners (Broadway’s “Brooklyn Boy”), Ramona Keller as Wiletta Mayer (Broadway’s “Caroline”), Bibi Mama as Millie Davis (La Jolla Playhouse’s “Ancient”), Jake Millgard as Eddie Fenton (The Old Globe’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”), Victor Morris as Sheldon Forrester (The Old Globe’s “The Ruby in Us”), Mike Sears as Bill O’Wray (The Old Globe’s “What You Are”), Michael Zachary Tunstill as John Nevins (Arena Stage’s “Seven Guitars”), and Maggie Walters as Judy Sears (The Old Globe’s “Henry IV”).

In addition to director Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, the creative team for the Globe’s production of “Trouble in Mind” includes scenic design by Lawrence E. Moten III, costume design by Nicole Jescinth Smith, lighting design by Sherrice Mojgani, sound design by Luqman Brown, casting by Kelly Gillespie, CSA and Joseph Gery, local casting by Kim Heil, CSA and Lamar Perry, and production stage management by Chandra R.M. Anthenill.

From left to right are Jake Millgard as Eddie Fenton, Ramona Keller as Wiletta Mayer, Bibi Mama as Millie Davis, and Kevin Isola as Al Manners in “Trouble in Mind,” 2022. Photo by Rich Soublet II.

Tickets are available online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE (234-5623), or in person at our Box Office in Balboa Park.

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