Interracial marriage explored in EMU production, ‘Wedding Band’

Posted by adminWUD  /   April 09, 2013  /   Posted in Entertainment  /   No Comments

The Eastern Michigan University theatre department is in the midst of presenting Alice Childress’ “Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White.” Upcoming performances – at the EMU campus’ Sponberg Theatre, in the Quirk Dramatic Arts Building at East Circle Dr. and Best Hall – are scheduled for April 11 at 10 p.m.; April 12 and 13 at 7 p.m.; and April 14 at 2 p.m.200w_x_200h_cropped_weddingband2

EMU history professor Walter G. Moss recently published, via, a review of the production that also provides historical context for the show.

The press release for “Wedding Band” provides further information about the show.

Against the backdrop of 1918 South Carolina, two people in love yearn to be together as husband and wife but are held apart by society’s mores and laws prohibiting interracial marriage. Unable to escape to the north where they can marry, Julia, an African American seamstress and Herman, a Jewish baker, are forced to attempt to keep their long-standing love affair a secret. Facing dire consequences from their community, even Herman’s own family, Julia and Herman suffer heartbreak as the world around them threatens to destroy their relationship and everything they hold dear. Alice Childress’s stirring and thought-provoking piece moves and inspires while confronting the harsh reality of racism.

Written in the early 1960’s, Wedding Band… was first produced at the University of Michigan in 1966. Many professional theatres refused to produce it at the time due to the controversial subject matter. A televised version of this tragic and beautiful story, broadcast by ABC television in 1973, resulted in several ABC affiliates refusing to carry the production. As impactful today as in its debut decades ago, “Wedding Band” is directed by Wallace Bridges. … This production is recommended for mature audiences.

Ticket prices for “Wedding Band” $15 regular admission, $12 for students and seniors, $9 for MAINSTAGE patrons, no further discounts apply. Tickets are available by phone at 734-487-2282 and in person at the Convocation Center, the Student Center ticket office or the Quirk Box Office. To purchase tickets online visit: Please note: There is an additional service charge for tickets purchased online or by phone. For more information about EMU Theatre, our season, and directions to our theatres visit or, fan us on Facebook: Eastern Michigan University Theatre or follow us on Twitter: emutheatre.

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