Simply stop by or call the Box Office Tuesday through Friday from Noon until 5 p.m. at (865) 974-5161. Tickets may be purchased at the door 45 minutes prior to curtain.

February 8 – 26


“A monumental work whose time has finally come.”

Broadway, 1957.  In rehearsals for a groundbreaking racially integrated production, the leading actress must choose between the role of a lifetime or compromising her values, in this dramatic comedy penned by a real-life groundbreaker.

As the first African American woman to have her work professionally produced on the New York stage, Alice Childress lived this story and tells it true.

Nominated for four Tony Awards.

“In a word, this CBT cast for Trouble in Mind is terrific from top to bottom.”
ArtsKnoxville Review (pdf)

CBT’s ‘Trouble in Mind,’ Free to UT Students, Astonishes and Amuses
The Daily Beacon Review (pdf)

Press Release (pdf)

Single Ticket Prices

Trouble in Mind Single Ticket Prices


Beck Cultural Exchange Center Inc.

Pay What You Can - February 8 

Come out and support the Beck Cultural Exchange Center Inc. through the Clarence Brown Theatre’s Pay What You Can performance.  Half of all proceeds from PWYC tickets will go to Beck Cultural Exchange Center Inc.

Behind the Scenes Sunday - February 12

Join us for a special panel discussion with Director Marti Gobel, Carpet Bag Theatre's Executive/Artistic Director Jonathan Clark, and Professor, Chair of the Africana Studies Program Shayla C. Nunnally as they discuss Trouble in Mind. Moderated by Clarence Brown Theatre's resident artist and lecturer, Tracey Copeland Halter.

Talk Back - Sunday, February 19

Informal talk backs with selected members of the show’s cast, crew, and artistic team after the matinee.

Deaf Night at the Theatre - February 21

Deaf Night at the Theatre seeks to make the theatre experience 100% accessible to our Deaf audience with interpreters in the Box Office, at concessions, throughout the Lobby, and interpreting the show. 

Open Caption Performance - February  26

Text display of all of the words and sounds heard during a production — very similar to closed captioning TV. 


This production is 110 minutes with one intermission.
This production contains strong language including racial slurs.


This project [is being][was] supported in whole or in part by federal award number 21.027 awarded to Knox County by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Arts & Culture Alliance.