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About Native Son

Richard Wright's iconic novel about oppression, freedom, and justice comes to life on stage in this ground-breaking adaptation. Suffocating in rat-infested poverty on the South Side of Chicago in the 1930s, 20-year-old Bigger Thomas struggles to find a place for himself in a world whose prejudice has shut him out. After taking a job in a wealthy white man's house, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago's own Nambi E. Kelley, this "Native Son" captures the power of Richard Wright's novel for a whole new generation. Director Psalmayene 24 will also be creating a companion piece to "Native Son" for the 2018-2019 workshop series.

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A bold new tone...distills Wright’s novel into 90 intermission-less minutes that are all action. It appreciates Wright's book for its intensity, refusing to slow down.
Hartford Courant

Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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