Performances on Goodman's Albert stage in Chicago will play May 1-June 6.
The Good Negro, a Chicago premiere, "is a gripping new play that rips through the pages of history to uncover the human story at the heart of the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement," according to Goodman notes. "Tensions build in the increasingly hostile South as a trio of emerging black leaders attempts to conquer their individual demons amid death threats from the Ku Klux Klan and wire taps by the FBI. Through personal and intimate stories inspired by the political upheavals of the era, The Good Negro examines the human frailties behind the historic headlines."
The company includes Karen Aldridge (Goodman's The Cook; Proof); Bougere (Broadway's A Raisin in the Sun); Tory O. Davis (Goodman's Magnolia); Hoogenakker (Goodman's Rock 'n' Roll; Chicago Shakespeare's Othello); Jones (Broadway's Passing Strange; Radio Golf); Nambi Kelley (Goodman's Crumbs from the Table of Joy; Victory Gardens' The Lost Boys of Sudan); Demetrios Troy (Northlight's Awake and Sing; Chicago Shakespeare's Richard III); Dan Waller (Goodman's Ghostwritten; Talking Pictures) and Mick Weber (Goodman's Rock 'n' Roll).
The Good Negro was produced at The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival (NYSF) and Dallas Theater Center. Wilson's plays include The Story, Order My Steps, Exhibit #9 and Leader of the People.
For more information, visit GoodmanTheatre.org.