Wine in the Wilderness
By Alice Childress
Directed by Damien J. Wallace
Childress's breathtaking story of empowerment came to life in this immersive production at the Bluver Theatre.
The 1964 race riots erupt outside painter Bill Jamerson's Harlem apartment as he struggles to complete the final painting of his triptych on Black Womanhood... then he is introduced to Tommy. A force of nature whose home has been burnt down in the riots, Tommy becomes Bill's inspiration. As artist and muse collide, they discover each other - and themselves - anew. Alice Childress's breathtaking story calls for self-respect and empowerment during a moment of seismic change for the Black community.
Featuring: Andre Brown, Ontaria Kim Wilson, Monroe Barrick, Cynda Purnell, and Brennen Malone.
Understudies: Dawn McCall and Nicola Jean.
Direction: Damien J. Wallace
Set Design: Marie Laster
Lighting Design: Tim Martin
Costume Design: Tiffany Bacon
Sound Design: Chris Sannino
Properties: Avista Custom Theatrical Services
Original Art: Dane Eissler
Stage Management: Liandra Marcano
COVID Compliance Officer: Melody Marshall
Production Management: Dane Eissler
Photos: Kylie Westerbeck
Sponsored by Stephanie Creary
"Director Damien J. Wallace strikes a compelling balance between the personal and political in the story that suits Childress’s text." -Cameron Kelsall, Broad Street Review