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Noted by The New York Times as, "A play with fires of fury in its belly, tears of anguish in its eyes, a roar of protest in its throat," James Baldwin's drama takes us into a small Southern town where a white man murders a black man, then throws his body in the weeds. With this act of violence--which is loosely based on the notorious 1955 killing of Emmett Till--Baldwin launches an unsparing and at times agonizing probe of the wounds of race. Baldwin turns a murder and its aftermath into an inquest in which even the most well-intentioned whites are implicated--and in which even a killer receives his share of compassion.