The McCarter Theatre travels to Greensboro, North Carolina for a community reading of Emily Mann’s 1996 play, Greensboro: A Requiem, on the 40th anniversary of the Greensboro Massacre. On November 3, 1979, Klan members joined with American Nazis and attacked an anti-Klan protest march, killing five. Playwright Emily Mann spoke to participants on both sides of the traumatic event for her documentary drama.

State of the Arts is there for the reading, and meets people present during the massacre and others, including composer and playwright César Alvarez, born the year after the event and named for one of its victims. The community reading was organized by McCarter’s artistic engagement manager, Paula Alekson, and was part of Greensboro Massacre: Lessons for Today, a commemorative weekend held November 1-3, 2019.

Produced by Susan Wallner; Narrated by Nemuna Ceesay; Videography by Joe Conlon, Dan Powers, and Jay Cartwright. Additional photography and production assistance by Tom Miller of the McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton, NJ. Photographs copyright of the Greensboro News & Record, all rights reserved. Special thanks to Cindy Loman and Signe Waller Foxworth.