|The Good Negro2010
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 8, 2010
“THE GOOD NEGRO”
WEST COAST PREMIERE AT THE STELLA ADLER THEATRE
“The Good Negro” is the gripping story of the early civil rights struggle in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963. Focusing on a small group of individuals, the struggle is rendered in intimate human terms. Three very brave but deeply flawed Black leaders are called upon to transcend their own personal shortcomings and
effectively organize a boycott of downtown merchants plus protest marches to end the way things are done in America’s most segregated city.
The catalyst for these events is the arrest of a Black woman and her 4-year– old daughter for using the wrong restroom. The lives of everyday Black men and women of the community are impacted as they must confront the murderous violence of the Ku Klux Klan and the shadowy manipulations of the FBI, which is
investigating the Black “troublemakers.” Playwright Tracey Scott Wilson depicts a chapter of American history of just a few decades ago on a scale that removes the distance between the audience and the recent past.
Ms. Wilson is emerging as a significant voice in a new generation of emerging Black playwrights. Her other plays include “The Story,” “Order My Steps,” “Neon Mirage,” and “Leader of the People.” “The Good Negro” debuted in Dallas in 2008, and played at the Public Theater in New York in 2009 and at
Chicago’s Goodman Theatre in 2010.
Sam Nickens directs the new production of “The Good Negro.” He began writing and directing while in the military, and trained principally at the Honolulu Academy of Dramatic Arts and at UCLA. His directorial credits include the recent well-regarded “The First Breeze of Summer,” “The Awakening,” “No Place To Be
Somebody,” “Anna Lucasta,” “Eubie Waller’s Last Rites,” “Split Second,” and “Ceremonies in Dark Old Men.” Also an Actor, he appeared in “Blues for Mister Charlie,” “A Hatful Rain,” “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Eubie Waller’s Last Rites,” and “Split Second.” He appeared in the film “American Gigolo ,” and on TV
in “Hawaii Five-O,” “In Living Color,” and “General Hospital.” He is the founder of Upward Bound Productions.
Mr. Nickens’ cast for “The Good Negro” includes Brett Chapin, Damon Christopher, Theresa Deveaux, Austen Jaye, Chris McNair, Godwin A. Obeng, Numa Perrier, Phrederic Semaj and Brian E. Smith.
“The Good Negro” is an important story that still needs to be told. America has since come far enough to elect a Black president, but still near enough that a South Carolina congressman can call him a “raghead” and get away with it.
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