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Wilid in the Wilderness by Alice Childress, LaChanze directorial debut

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Classic Stage Company’s Production of Wine in the Wilderness by Alice Childress Postponed

Classic Stage Company, under the leadership of Jill Rafson as Producing Artistic Director, recently made an announcement that has both disappointed and excited theatre enthusiasts. The upcoming production of Wine in the Wilderness, written by Alice Childress and directed by LaChanze, has been postponed from its original spring 2024 schedule. However, the anticipation for this production has only grown as it is now set to be a highlight of the 2024-2025 season at the Lynn F. Angelson Theater in New York City. (136 East 13th Street)

Jill Rafson expressed the company’s enthusiasm for the project despite the delay, stating, “We’re so excited about the incredible team that is coming together for Wine in the Wilderness.” She added, “Unfortunately, scheduling conflicts have arisen that will prevent the production from taking place this spring, but we look forward to sharing this piece with audiences as part of next season.”

Wine in the Wilderness promises to be a captivating exploration of art, race, and identity. The play revolves around artist Bill Jameson, who finds inspiration in a model named Tomorrow Marie for the final piece of his triptych on Black womanhood. However, Tomorrow Marie is no ordinary muse; she challenges Bill’s perceptions and forces him to confront deeper truths about himself and society. Set against the 1964 Harlem riot backdrop on a sweltering summer night, the play delves into themes of empowerment, cultural upheaval, and artistic integrity.

Alice Childress, the playwright behind Wine in the Wilderness, is known for her insightful and thought-provoking works. Her play Trouble in Mind recently made waves on Broadway (starring LaChanze), showcasing her talent for addressing complex social issues with nuance and depth. Now, with Wine in the Wilderness, audiences can expect another powerful narrative that sheds light on the Black experience in America.

Adding to the anticipation is LaChanze’s directorial debut in New York City. The Tony Award-winning actress and producer brings her profound understanding of Childress’s work to the director’s chair, promising a production that honors the playwright’s vision while offering a fresh perspective.

Classic Stage Company’s decision to postpone Wine in the Wilderness comes after a successful 23/24 season that included productions like I Can Get It for You Wholesale, featuring music and lyrics by Harold Rome, and Fiasco Theater’s rendition of William Shakespeare’s Pericles, directed by Ben Steinfeld. These previous successes only heighten expectations for what is to be a compelling and thought-provoking theatrical experience.

As theatre enthusiasts eagerly await the arrival of “Wine in the Wilderness” in the 2024-2025 season, the delay serves as a testament to the complexity and dedication involved in bringing meaningful stories to the stage. The journey to opening night may be postponed, but the anticipation and excitement continue to build for this upcoming production that will surely leave a lasting impact on audiences.

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