On Stage Jan. 18 – Feb. 10 Paul Robeson Theatre 350 Masten Ave. Tickets $20
Paulette D. Harris will direct the Paul Robeson Theatre’s presentation of Native Son by Nambi E. Kelley. Starring Alphonso Walker Jr., Augustus Donaldson Jr., Debbi Davis, Deborah A. Krygier, Janae Kahdim, John Warzel, Madeline E. Allaro and Shawn Patrick Green.
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. “Stirring … strong, serious stuff, just as it should be.” –
Wall Street Journal “Unflinching in its honesty and searing in its passion, Native Son is not only a Grade-A example of literary adaptation, but also a play that truly speaks to our times and the ever-troubled American spirit
that defines them.” – Chicago
Theatre Review Paulette D. Harris is Artistic Director of the Paul Robeson
Theatre at the African American Cultural Center.