Television producer Mark Fields has won a Bronze Apple Award from the National Education Media Network for Greensboro: A Public Dialogue, written and narrated by playwright and NJ's McCarter Theatre artistic director Emily Mann.
Broadcast as a State of the Arts special on the New Jersey Network, Greensboro: A Public Dialogue includes scenes from Mann's play Greensboro (A Requiem), which had its world premiere at McCarter Theatre in February 1996. Also in the half-hour documentary are archival news clips and excerpts from a panel discussion, which featured historians and civil rights activists, held after a performance of the play.
In 1979, members of the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party opened fire on an anti-Klan demonstration staged by the Communist Workers Party in Greensboro, NC. Five protesters were killed and 13 were wounded. No convictions were ever obtained.
Since 1970, the National Educational Media Network has annually awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze Apple Awards to honor excellence in educational documentaries, television programs, training films and interactive CD-ROM's.
The New Jersey Network will rebroadcast Greensboro: A Public Dialogue Oct. 1 at 7 PM and Oct. 5 at noon. New Jersey Network is a member of PBS and broadcasts over UHF channels, 23, 50, 52, 58 and all NJ Cable Systems. --By Laura MacDonald