A talented and experienced Black actress has been cast in Chaos in Belleville, an anti-lynching play set to open on Broadway. She had paid her dues throughout the years, playing stereotypical supporting roles in second-rate shows, and is ready for her star turn. Chaos in Belleville, written by a White playwright, might not be quite as enlightened a piece as she’s been hoping for — but that doesn’t mean it won’t sell out. And selling out is the question at the heart of Alice Childress’s comedy-drama, set in 1957. A cast of multi-generational Black actors rehearse under the purview of a White director and stage manager, and as the rehearsal process unfolds, theatre conventions and racial politics collide.
Written by Alice Childress; directed by Jasmine Lomax.
Location: Kennedy Catholic High School theatre (140 S. 140th St, Burien)
Tickets ($25) here.