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WHAT: “The Good Negro.” A play.
WHO: Written by Tracey Scott Wilson. Directed by Michael Philip Edwards. Produced by Sam Nickens for Upward Bound Productions.
WHERE: Hudson Mainstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90038. Valet parking optional (fee).
WHEN: Previews Sat. Jan. 12 and Sun. Jan. 13. Opens Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 8 p.m. (preceded by Red Carpet reception at 6:30) and Wednesday, January 16 at 8 p.m. (preceded by reception at 6:30) Runs through Sunday, February 24, 2013. Regular show times: Thurs.- Sat. at 8:00, Sun. at 2:00 and 7:00.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Significantly, the run opens on January 15, the historical birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Because many of the actors in the company have frequent and ongoing commitments in television and feature film, the decision was made to double cast. Both casts present talent of superior caliber and should be considered equivalent. That is, there is not an “RED” cast and a “BLUE” cast. So the casts are designated Blue and Red, instead. The Red Cast opens January 15. The Blue Cast opens January 16.
ADMISSION: General admission, $25. Seniors, students with I.D., performing arts union members with card,, groups of eight or more, $15. (Use promo code 005). Except Opening Nights January 15 at $50 and January 16 at $35 (including receptions). Previews $10.
RESERVATIONS: (323) 960-7774.
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“The Good Negro” is the gripping story of the early civil rights struggle in Birmingham, Alabama in 1962. Focusing on a small group of individuals, the struggle is rendered in intimate human terms. Three very brave but deeply flawed Black leaders are called upon to transcend their own personal shortcomings and effectively organize a boycott of downtown merchants plus protest marches to end the way things are done in America’s most segregated city.
The catalyst for these events is the arrest of a woman doctor and her 4-year-old daughter for using the wrong restroom. The lives of everyday Black men and women of the community are impacted as they must confront the murderous violence of the Ku Klux Klan, and the shadowy manipulations of the FBI, which is investigating the Black “troublemakers.” Playwright Tracey Scott Wilson depicts a chapter of American history of just a few decades ago on a scale that removes the distance between the audience and the recent past.
Ms. Wilson is emerging as a significant voice in a new generation of emerging young Black playwrights. Her other plays include “The Story,” “Exhibit 9,” “Small World,” “Order My Steps,” “Neon Mirage,” and “Leader of the People.” “The Good Negro” debuted in Dallas in 2008, and played at the Public Theater in New York in 2009 and in Chicago and Los Angeles in 2010. Ms. Wilson received her Master’s Degree from Temple University.
The company includes Darius Boorn, Al Garrett,Hawthorne James, Kristopher Lencowski, Stephen Grove Malloy, Hilary Ward Middlefield, Latarsha Rose, Phrederic Semaj , Greg Winter, Yetide Badaki, Roger Bridges, Kevontay Jackson, Christoff Lombard, Keiana Richard, O’Neil C. Cespides, Peter Rothbard, Tyson Turrou and Geno Monteiro.
Michael Phillip Edwards directs the casts. With over 25 years experience in the entertainment industry, theatre and feature film producer-writer-director & actor, Michael Phillip Edwards is a BFA graduate of York University's Fine Arts program, a graduate of The Toronto Second City and a graduate of Dov Simmens Film Arts program. Very early in his career Michael had studied under Academy Award winning writer Peter Shaffer (“Amadeus”) and Tony Award Winning writer director Athol Fugard.(“Master Harold and The Boys”). These relationships inspired him to take on a long career in the theatre garnering over 150 international credits throughout the US, Off Broadway and around the world. (Awards include Sony Gold Medal for BBC production of “Runt” (performed, written and directed by Mr. Edwards) Scotsman Fringe First Award for production of “Runt” and NAACP and Drama-Logue Awards for performance in “The Visit.”
Stage manager: Kamille Dy. Assistant stage manager: Ariana del Rio. Lighting design: Joe Morrisey.Set design: Vali Tirsoaga. Sound design: Jose Montiel. Costume design: TJ Walker.
“The Good Negro” is an important story that still needs to be told. America has since come far enough to elect a Black president, but still near enough that a South Carolina congressman can call him a “raghead” and get away with it.

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