Tracey Scott Wilson was born and raised in the north area of Newark, New Jersey, where the threats of the inner-city were always right around the corner. For many years, she dreamed of becoming a journalist, however she learned that she was more cut out for fiction while getting her B.A. at Rutgers University. She later earned her M.A. in English Literature from Temple University, and began writing for the theatre. With the original production of The Story at the Public Theatre in New York City, Wilson became an overnight success, and one of the hottest emerging playwrights. Among her many honors, Ms. Wilson earned the Van Lier Fellowship from the New York Theatre Workshop, the 2002 Helen Merrill Emerging Playwright Award, the 2004 Whiting Writers’ Award, and the 2004 Kesselring Prize for playwriting, which she received in November of last year. This award is reserved for playwrights “who show exceptional promise, but have not yet received prominent national attention.” Calling herself a political playwright, her other plays include: Order My Steps, I Don’t Know Why That Caged Bird Won’t Shut Up, and Exhibit #9.