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Co-produced with American Blues Theater

Native Son

by Nambi E. Kelley
based on the novel by Richard wright
directed by Seret Scott

Sep 11, 2014 — Oct 19, 2014

4 Stars “gutsy, powerful, relentless” -Chicago Tribune

5 Stars “To call this new adaptation … a stirring accomplishment feels like an understatement.” -Time Out

“performed to stirring and timely effect … ‘Native Son’ is strong, serious stuff, just as it should be.” -Wall Street Journal

Richard Wright’s iconic novel about oppression, freedom, and justice comes to life on stage in this ground-breaking, world premiere adaptation.

Chicago.  The South Side.  The 1930s.  A world where opportunity is elusive for people like Bigger Thomas.  After landing a job in the home of a wealthy family, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate.

American Blues TheaterAdapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley, and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son captures the power of Richard Wright’s novel for a whole new generation.

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Photo of Tracey Bonner and Jerod Haynes by Michael Brosilow.

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