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

Written By Alice Childress 
Directed by Cecilie Keenan 


Childress’s drama is set in the summer of 1918. There is a war in Europe, and a smaller war in South Carolina. Julia is an African-American seamstress and Herman is a white German-American baker who has kept company with her for 10 years. Disapproval of their affair from neighbors and family, as well as South Carolina's laws prohibiting interracial marriage makes it increasingly hard for them to stay together.

Featuring: Raina Lynn, Scott Westerman, Susan P. Anderson, Maya Hooks, Lisa McConnell, Donna McGuough, Madison Murphy, Ayesha-Tiara, Kevin Patterson Reid Coker, and Laura Coleman

  Scenic Design: Kevin Rolfs
Costume Design: Zach Wagner
Lighting Design: E.J. Jackson
Sound/Original Music: Joseph Cerqua
Stage Manager: Madeleine Lyons


Performances: October 29- December 17, 2017
Thursday: 7:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 3:00 p.m.

The Artistic Home is on street level with curb to seat assistance upon request. There are seats that don’t require climbing stairs and an accessible restroom. We will also call you a taxi for the trip home and have large print programs, also upon request. For requests please email:


Content Advisory: Appropriate for children ages 10+

Location: 1376 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60642

“Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White is a powerful drama of black-white relations in 1918 South Carolina, soulfully directed by Cecile Keenan at the Artistic Home.”
— Nancy Bishop, Third Coast Review, 10/31/2017
“Do know that acting doesn’t get better than this.”
— Amy Munice, Picture This Post, 10/30/2017
“What is most surprising about this production, helmed by Cecilie Keenan, which is also a testament to the timelessness of Childress’ writing, is that it does not feel dated. Ms. Keenan has found a way to make a play about the illegalities of interracial love in 1918 South Carolina fresh, moving, and full of comedic energy that is an immense joy to watch.”
— Loy Webb, Newcity, 10/30/2017