Alice Childress' WEDDING BAND Kicks Off Penumbra's 41st Season

Alice Childress' WEDDING BAND Kicks Off Penumbra's 41st Season

Penumbra Theatre kicks off its 41st season "Crossing Lines" with Alice Childress' nearly forgotten masterpiece, Wedding Band. Upon the play's recent revival, audiences, scholars, and press began asking why the work of Alice Childress, a playwright from the Black Arts Movement, has never been fully acclimated into the American theater and literature canons. Her groundbreaking 1962 play has seldom been staged since a 1972 production starring actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee. In Penumbra's searing new production, director Lou Bellamy captures the heavy emotional burden shouldered by interracial couples in America and confronts the enduring challenges faced by people who love across lines of color. Wedding Band opens on October 19 and runs through November 12, 2017 at Penumbra Theatre in Saint Paul. Previews are October 17 and 18, 2017.

Wedding Band takes place in a small South Carolina town by the sea, where Julia keeps to herself. Her love, Herman, arrives after dark with a wedding cake-a symbol of their decade long commitment and secret vows to one another. Unable to legally marry, these star-crossed lovers-one black, one white-live in constant fear of arrest or worse. The rules that govern society don't govern the heart, and Julia and Herman risk safety and security for love. Will the price be more than they can bear? This passionate classic stirs the heart and proves searingly relevant as race takes center stage in American politics.

Featuring an all-star line-up of Penumbra Theatre company members and renowned actors new to Penumbra's stage, the cast for Wedding Band includes Jasmine Hughes as Julia; Peter Christian Hansen as Herman; Ivory Doublette as Mattie, George Keller as Fanny Johnson; Austene Van as Lula Green, and Laura Esping as Herman's Mother.

Performance Dates:

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 // 7:30PM (Preview)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 // 7:30PM (Preview)

Thursday, October 19, 2017 // 7:30PM (Opening Night)

Friday, October 20, 2017 // 7:30PM

Saturday, October 21, 2017 // 2:00PM

Saturday, October 21, 2017 // 7:30PM

Sunday, October 22, 2017 // 2:00PM

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 // 10:00AM

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 // 7:30PM

Thursday, October 26, 2017 // 7:30PM (Post-Play Discussion*)

Friday, October 27, 2017 // 7:30PM

Saturday, October 28, 2017 // 2:00PM

Saturday, October 28, 2017 // 7:30PM

Sunday, October 29, 2017 // 2:00PM

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 // 10:00AM

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 // 7:30PM

Thursday, November 2, 2017 // 7:30PM (Post-Play Discussion*)

Friday, November 3, 2017 // 7:30PM

Saturday, November 4, 2017 // 2:00PM

Saturday, November 4, 2017 // 7:30PM

Sunday, November 5, 2017 // 2:00PM

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 // 10:00AM

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 // 7:30PM

Thursday, November 9, 2017 // 7:30PM (Post-Play Discussion*)

Friday, November 10, 2017 // 7:30PM

Saturday, November 11, 2017 // 2:00PM

Saturday, November 11, 2017 // 7:30PM (ASL Interpreted Performance)

Sunday, November 12, 2017 // 2:00PM

*Post-Play Discussions
October 26 & November 2 & 9, 2017

Location: Penumbra Theatre

270 North Kent Street

Saint Paul, MN 55102

Pricing: Adult $40; Senior 62+ with ID $35; Student with ID $15

Tickets: Tickets may be purchased online at

Penumbra Box Office: 651.224.3180

Box Office hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Access Performances

ASL Performance: Saturday, November 5 at 7:30pm

If you have specific program questions or need an accommodation, please contact Anita Baccus Robinson at 651-224-3180.

Penumbra Theatre offers $5 tickets for Wednesday Evening performances, and $5 tickets for ASL performances. For discounted tickets, please email Dahlia Stone at


Penumbra Theatre creates professional productions that are artistically excellent, thought provoking, and relevant and illuminates the human condition through the prism of the African American experience.

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