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The Good Negro

The Good Negro

Written by Tracey Scott Wilson
Directed by Summer L. Williams
January 15th – February 6th 2010
The Plaza Theatre @ The Boston Center for the Arts

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 1960’s 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 wiretaps by the FBI. Though the details and characters may be fictionalized, these personal stories are inspired by political upheavals and the historical record, revealing the human frailties behind the historic headlines.

plenty of polish... an excellent cast
- The Boston Herald
a flawlessly vivid theatrical triumph
- The Theatre Mirror
a gripping production... consistently impressive
- The Boston Globe
every moment opens new insights, every detail feels perfect, and ovations and awards are inevitable. This show is, in every way, historic!
- The Theatre Mirror


Plaza Theatre
539 Tremont Street
South End, Boston, MA

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Calderwood Pavilion at the
Boston Center for the Arts
527 Tremont St.
Boston University Theatre
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264 Huntington Ave.



  • Tracey Scott Wilson
  • Summer L. Williams
  • Alycia Marucci
    Stage Manager
  • Robyn Jones
    Assistant Director
  • Sabrina Sydnor
    Assistant to the Director
  • Cristina Todesco
    Set Designer
  • Jason Weber
    Sound and Projections Designer
  • Jarrod Bray
    Lighting Designer
  • Miranda Giurleo
    Costume Designer
  • Peter Kinsella
    Assistant Stage Manager
  • Dustin Bell
    Assistant Stage Manager
  • Heidi Nelson
  • Hannah McCarthy
    Production Assistant
  • Lauren Glover
    Master Electrician

  • Cedric Lilly

  • Cliff Odle

  • Greg Maraio

  • James Milord

  • Jeff Mahoney

  • Jonathan L. Dent

  • Jonathan Overby

  • Kris Sidberry

  • Marvelyn McFarlane

  • Tracey Scott Wilson
    Tracey Scott Wilson's current work includes The Story, which was first produced at The Joseph Papp Public Theater/NYSF, and transferred to the Long Wharf Theatre. The Story has since been produced at thirty theatres nationwide. Additional productions include Order My Steps for Cornerstone Theater's Black Faith/AIDS project in Los Angeles; and Exhibit #9, produced in New York City by New Perspectives Theatre and Theatre Outrageous; Leader of the People produced at New Georges Theatre; two ten-minute plays produced at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis; and a ten-minute play produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Ms. Wilson has had readings at the New York Theatre Workshop, New Georges Theatre, The Joseph Papp Public Theater and Soho Theatre Writers Centre in London. She earned two Van Lier Fellowships from the New York Theatre Workshop, a residency at Sundance Ucross, and is the winner of the 2001 Helen Merrill Emerging Playwright Award, the 2003 AT&T Onstage Award, the 2004 Whiting Award and as well as the 2004 Kesserling Prize. Ms. Wilson holds a Master's degree in English Literature from Temple University.

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January 28, 2010
Company One Render 'Negro' Spiritual by Nick Dussault, The Boston Metro

January 26, 2010

January 18, 2010
The Good Negro by Kay Bourne, EDGE Boston

January 20, 2010

January 19, 2010
The private man vs. the public good by Don Aucoin, The Boston Globe

January 18, 2010
THE GOOD NEGRO by Matthew Shutzer, Blast Magazine

January 17, 2010
THE GOOD NEGRO by Jon Sobel, BlogCritics

December 31, 1969
"The Good Negro" by Larry Stark, The Theatre Mirror

January 15, 2010

January 14, 2010
The Good Negro by Reynolds Douglass Graves, The Bay State Banner