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Basic Black: A Conversation on Black Theater and "NEIGHBORS"

(Originally broadcast January 21, 2011)  On this episode of Basic Black, a conversation about the Company One production of NEIGHBORS, by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. The play is probably most noted for its minstrel characters (black actors in blackface) but it's primary focus is on issues of racism, classism, and identity.

Our panel: Latoyia Edwards, anchor, New England Cable News; Kim McLarin, assistant professor, writing, literature, and publishing, Emerson College; Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter, 89.7 WGBH Radio; Summer Williams, director of NEIGHBORS; and Lisa Thompson, playwright and currently a fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University.