Performances will play the Albert Theatre in spring 2010, artistic director Robert Falls announced on April 2. The announcement completes the season's programming. The play, a snapshot of African-American history in the Civil Rights movement, is currently at The Public Theater in New York City. Wilson penned The Story, previously produced by the Public, and seen around the country, including in a Goodman production directed by Smith. She is currently working on a several screenplays, including a screen version of "The Story."
According to Goodman notes, "Before there was change, there was Birmingham. When Claudette Sullivan is beaten and arrested for taking her little girl into the 'white only' restroom at a department store, she finds herself at the heart of the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement. 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 reveals the human frailties behind the historic headlines."
Wilson is the winner of the 2001 Helen Merrill Emerging Playwright Award, the 2003 AT&T Onstage Award, the 2004 Whiting Award and the 2004 Kesselring Prize.
At the Goodman in 2009-10, The Good Negro joins previously announced season selections Animal Crackers, the Broadway-bound double-bill of Hughie by Eugene O'Neill and Krapp's Last Tape by Samuel Beckett, A True History of the Johnstown Flood by Rebecca Gilman, and The Sins of Sor Juana by Karen Zacarías, plus the fifth biennial Latino Theatre Festival, the 32nd annual A Christmas Carol, Joan D'Arc by Tanya Palmer and Aida Karic, adapted from Friedrich Schiller's Die Jungfrau von Orleans (The Maiden of Orleans), High Holidays by Alan Gross and The Long Red Road by Brett C. Leonard.
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