Battiste, Calloway, Mackie and More Cast in Public LAB's The Good Negro

News   Battiste, Calloway, Mackie and More Cast in Public LAB's The Good Negro Casting has been announced for the Public LAB production of Tracey Scott Wilson's racially charged drama The Good Negro, which begins performances May 20.
Anthony Mackie
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Liesl Tommy will stage the work in which "a trio of emerging black leaders tries to conquer their individual demons as the local KKK fights for its old way of life and everyday black men and women must overcome their fears – all under the ever-watchful eye of the FBI," according to press notes. The Good Negro cast will include Joniece Abbott-Pratt ("Why Did I Get Married?"), Francois Battiste (Prelude to a Kiss), J. Bernard Calloway ("Rescue Me"), Lizzy Cooper Davis (Lilith), Anthony Mackie (Drowning Crow), LeRoy McClain (Cymbeline), Brian Wallace (A Christmas Carol), Myk Watford (Take Me Out) and an actor yet to be named.

Public associate artistic director Mandy Hackett said in a statement," In this extraordinary and brave new play, Tracey takes a close look at the lives and events around the Civil Rights movement. In looking at what it means to fight for change and social progress, Tracey brings history vibrantly alive with vigor, intellect and intensity."

Creative duties will be handled by Clint Ramos (scenic and costume design), Lap Chi Chu (lighting design) and Daniel Baker (sound design).

Wilson premiered her 2003 work The Story at the Public. She has also penned Order My Steps, Exhibit #9, A Small World, I Don't Know Why That Caged Animal Won't Shut Up, Neon Mirage and Leader of the People.

The Good Negro runs through June 1. Upcoming works in the Public LAB line-up include Rebecca Cohen's Penalties & Interest (June 10-28); and Scott Hudson's Sweet Storm (June 28-29). The Public LAB productions are staged following brief rehearsal periods and utilize minimal design for the stage.

Tickets, priced $10, are available by calling (212) 967-7555 or by visiting www.publictheater.org.

The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.