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Interview: Marti Gobel Directs the Clarence Brown Theatre's Production of 'Trouble in Mind'

Marti Gobel
Ross E. Zentner
Marti Gobel

Playwright, novelist, and actress Alice Childress was the first African American woman whose work was professionally produced on the New York stage. Childress wrote the play Trouble in Mind in 1955 and based it largely on her own experiences in the theatre. The play was finally produced on Broadway in 2021 and nominated for four Tony Awards. The Clarence Brown Theatre’s production of Trouble in Mind is directed by visiting artist Marti Gobel, who spoke with WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper.

Chrissy served as WUOT's News Director and host of monthly public affairs talk show Dialogue from late 2021 to early 2023. Her first job with the station was as weekend student announcer while earning her bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. She had previously been the station's local host for NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered news programs; occasionally filled in as host for WUOT's Morning and Afternoon Concerts; and won multiple awards for her interviews, feature stories, and Dialogue.