Ladies in Waiting

From The Playwrights Database:

A liberal-minded white girl gets an inside view of prison conditions while incarcerated with a black lesbian, a prostitute and a psychotic.

The play is sometimes listed as being first produced by the Negro ensemble. Peter DeAnda comments:

“That was a NeC playwright’s workshop thing, audience response thrilling and wonderful which led to Woodie King Jr’s New Federal Theater first production at the 3rd Street Theater, since renamed LaMama theater. Confusion likely stemming by NeC including Ladies in Waiting in their produced listing… that it was not. Lonne Elder III ran the playwrights workshop. An aside: I was a founding member of NeC with Robert Hooks when the incipient company was Group Repertory Workshop, later evolving to the Negro Ensemble Company. A lot of history here.” The play has had more than 2,000 productions since first presented.

The production was also presented as part of BAM’s Black Theatre Alliance Festival.

Presented as part of the 1973-74 Season

Play opened October 16, 1973 at the 3rd Street Theatre

Artist Credits

Credit Artist Photo
Playwright Peter DeAnda
Director Shauneille Perry Shauneille Perry
Stage Manager Clinton Turner Davis
Set Designer C. Richard Mills
Lighting Designer Sati Jamal
Costume Designer Judy Dearing
Actor Yolanda Karr
Actor Juanita Bethea
Actor Anna Horsford
Actor Pearl Faith
Actor Saundra Kelley
Actor Betty Patrick
Actor Alice Worth

All 1973-74 Season productions: