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This show closed on August 24, 2019

About Native Son

NEW YORK PREMIERE: In the South Side Chicago of the 1930s, Bigger Thomas struggles to create a place for himself in a world whose prejudice has left him with few opportunities. After taking a job in a wealthy white man's house, he unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently & irrevocably seal his fate. Manifesting Bigger's double consciousness through the character of the Black Rat, Kelley reclaims Richard Wright's groundbreaking story for a twenty-first century audience.

“A fluid, vigorous adaptation of the novel. Galen Ryan Kane is forceful!” - The New York Times

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Playing in Rotating Repertory with Measure for Measure.

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Run Time

Approximately 90 minutes with no intermission

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Recommended for ages 13 and up

A gutsy, powerful piece of theater.
Chicago Tribune
As profound as it is disturbing, Kelley’s adaptation leaves no daylight between Bigger Thomas and the society that shapes him.
Los Angeles Times

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