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PLAYBILLL: Brandon J. Dirden to Direct Wife Crystal Dickinson in Two River Theater Season Opener, Wine in the Wilderness

by Andrew Gans

Wine in the Wilderness, written by late Drama Desk Award winner Alice Childress, will launch the 2022-23 season at New Jersey’s Two River Theater. Performances begin October 15 and continue through November 6.

Obie Award winner Brandon J. Dirden (Take Me Out, Skeleton Crew) will direct a cast featuring wife Crystal Dickinson (Clybourne Park) as well as Brittany Bellizare (The Equalizer), Ricardy Fabre (The Christians),Korey Jackson (Two River’s The School for Wives), and Keith Randolph Smith (Jitney).

Set in 1964 during the race riots in Harlem, this reflection on how art reflects life focuses on artist Bill Jameson and his latest work, three paintings representing three types of Black womanhood.

The creative team also includes intimacy coordinator Kaja Dunn, stage manager Alex Murphy, assistant stage manager Natalie Jones, wig designer Nikiya Mathis, scenic designer Richard H. Morris, lighting designer Kathy A. Perkins, costume designer Karen Perry, and sound designer Kay Richardson.

Dirden says, “I am beyond excited to be teaming up with my favorite artist of all time, the magnificent Crystal Dickinson! Crystal leads a stellar cast in Alice Childress’ seldom produced masterpiece, Wine in the Wilderness.…We are also honored to have the legendary Broadway lighting designer, educator, and friend of Ms. Alice Childress, Kathy Perkins, on this design team! I think audiences will be blown away by how Two River Theater continues to showcase exceptional talent while illuminating the depths of our humanity. Mark your calendars!”