On May 28 Good Negro playwright Wilson will be joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Diane McWhorter ("Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama – The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution"), with whom Wilson worked closely while writing The Good Negro.
New Yorker columnist Branden Jacobs-Jenkins will host the May 31 discussion about black history on the stage that will feature playwright Wilson as well as Keith Joseph Adkins and Kia Corthron.
Liesl Tommy directs The Good Negro 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 comprises Joniece Abbott-Pratt ("Why Did I Get Married?"), Francois Battiste (Prelude to a Kiss), Quincy Dunn-Baker (Romeo and Juliet), J. Bernard Calloway ("Rescue Me"), Lizzy Cooper Davis (Lilith), Anthony Mackie (Drowning Crow), LeRoy McClain (Cymbeline), Brian Wallace (A Christmas Carol) and Myk Watford (Take Me Out).
Creative duties are 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.