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Visions and Voices, a Black Playwrights' Reading Series, Presents:
WINE IN THE WILDERNESS
By Alice Childress. Directed by Jasmine B. Gunter.
Friday, November 6, 2020

Virtual via Vimeo
Presented by the Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL 60208

A pre-recorded production via Vimeo. Available to access Fri.,2/5/21 - Sun.,2/7/21.

Rarely staged since its debut in 1969, Childress’ masterwork examines the intersection of race, gender and class in Civil-Rights-Era America. “For a time I thought I was about to move into another world, the so-called ‘integrated’ world … but that’s a lie.” With race riots outside his apartment in 1964 Harlem, artist and sophisticate Bill Jameson paints his view of Black womanhood. While searching for his final model, a woman he describes as “as close to the bottom as you can get,” he thinks he has found a match in Tommy. But Tommy soon tests his toxic assumptions. Rarely staged since its debut in 1969, Alice Childress’ masterwork examines the intersection of race, gender and class in Civil-Rights-Era America. The Black Playwrights' Reading Series features first year students in our Master of Fine Arts in Directing programs and undergraduate and graduate actors. The three plays were chosen by the directors (Manna Middlebrooks, Tor Campbell, and Jasmine B. Gunter) in consultation with faculty and the Wirtz Center’s managing director from among hundreds and hundreds of scripts some which are familiar and others that deserve a wider audience and center around Racism in America, Police Brutality, Anti-Blackness, the Fight for Justice, and the Celebration of Black Lives. These directors are the first all-black cohort to join Northwestern University’s MFA Directing Program.

A pre-recorded production available for 3 days ( Fri., 11/6 - Sun., 11/8) via Vimeo.