In Tracey Scott Wilson's The Good Negro, the fifth play of the inaugural PUBLIC LAB initiative, 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.
On May 28, following the 8:00 p.m. performance, playwright Tracey Scott Wilson is joined by Diane McWhorter, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama - The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution. Ms. Wilson worked closely with Ms. McWhorter in writing The Good Negro and the two talk about their collaboration as well as their individual work. Following the discussion, Ms. McWhorter signs copies of her books Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama - The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution and A Dream of Freedom: The Civil Rights Movement from 1954 to 1968.
On May 31, following the 2 p.m. performance, The New Yorker's Branden Jacobs-Jenkins speaks with playwrights Tracey Scott Wilson, Keith Joseph Adkins, and Kia Corthron about the challenges and importance of putting black history on stage.