Plays by Alice Childress are suddenly relevant and being performed on Broadway and beyond. In 1957, she was on the verge of being the first Black woman to have a play on Broadway, but she refused to compromise in order to make white audiences more comfortable. More than 60 years later, her work is having a renaissance. Dramaturg Arminda Thomas, Brandon Dirden, director of Two River Theater‘s production of Childress’ Wine in the Wilderness, and Lindsay Smiling, director of the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey‘s production of Childress’ one-acts Florence and Mojo are interviewed.

Produced by Susan Wallner for State of the Arts. Director of Photography: Joe Conlon; Narrator: Nemuna Ceesay

Alice Childress: Rediscovered photograph and film credits found here.