"Greensboro: A Requiem" Community Reading

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Academic Classroom Building

126 North Obermeyer Street

Greensboro, NC 27401

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The play reading will be followed by an intergenerational dialogue between young campus/community activists and widowed massacre survivors.

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In 1996, nationally acclaimed playwright and stage director Emily Mann wrote a play about the murders, “Greensboro: A Requiem.” Mann and her staff from at the McCarter Theatre will produce a community reading of the play at NC A&T State University on Friday, November 1. The New York Times review of the play’s opening at McCarter in 1996 states, “…Mann(‘s)..canny collage of a script is based on courtroom transcripts, newspaper articles, television coverage and her own interviews with survivors…(it) discovers a situation that is …complex and melancholy…a mare's-nest of evil, innocence, fury and sometimes fatally misguided impulses to do good. In short, a particularly all-American tragedy.”

The production will use local community members and students to read the parts of 30 characters. The community reading will be followed by an Intergenerational Dialogue moderated by Dr. Arwin Smallwood. Other participants will include Emily Mann, Nelson Johnson and local students.

After its opening at McCarter, the play has been produced around the U.S., including in Greensboro in 1999, in Chicago in 2008, and more recently as a community reading in November of last year at Princeton. The American Theater Hall of Fame announced last month that Emily Mann will be inducted as a member in November 2019. That honor speaks to her status as a great American playwright and director, and elevates the relevance of her works, including Greensboro: A Requiem. Additional information about “Greensboro: A Requiem” is available at

https://planetprinceton.com/2018/10/31/mccarter-theatre-announces-community-reading-of-greensboro-a-requiem/

This event is co-sponsored by the North Carolina A&T State University History and Political Science Department and the Greensboro Massacre: Lessons for Today Steering Committee in partnership with the McCarter Theatre Center.

This event is a part of the larger Greensboro Massacre: Lessons for Today commemoration events November 1-3, 2019. For information about other events that weekend, visit www.greensboromassacrelessonstoday.org/greensboro-events/.

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