Eastern Michigan University
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Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White

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. Due to laws prohibiting interracial marriage, Julia, an African American seamstress, and Herman, a Caucasian baker, suffer heartbreak as consequences from their community threaten to destroy their relationship. Unable to escape to the north where they can be married, the couple is forced to attempt to keep their long-standing love affair a secret from the world around them. Alice Childress's poignant historical drama 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 due to the controversial subject matter. A 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 and will play the Sponberg Theatre on April 5, 6, 12, 13 at 7pm, April 11 at 10pm and April 7 & 14 at 2pm.

Due to content and language, this production is recommended for mature audiences.

The Department of Communication, Media & Theatre Arts is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4344