Antaeus Archive:

2018/19 Season

Native Son: Block Party 2019

April 18 – 28, 2019

Written by: Nambi E. Kelley, Based on the Novel by Richard Wright
Directed by: Andi Chapman

A Searing New Adaptation Of A Contemporary Classic About Being Black In America.

The longing for social justice ignites a palpable rage in Richard Wright’s classic novel, Native Son. Set in 1930s Chicago, where opportunities for African American men like Bigger Thomas are elusive, playwright Nambi E. Kelley’s gripping adaptation focuses on the inner workings of the protagonist’s mind as events violently and irrevocably seal his fate.

Don’t miss this encore production of Native Son in Center Theatre Group’s Block Party 2019!

RUN TIME

90 minutes, no intermission

ADVISORY

Recommended for Ages 18+

CAST

BIGGER: Jon Chaffin
THE BLACK RAT: Noel Arthur*
MARY: Ellis Greer*
JAN: Matthew Grondin*
HANNAH: Victoria Platt*
BUDDY: Brandon Rachal
BESSIE/VERA: Mildred Marie Langford*
MRS. DALTON: Gigi Bermingham*
BRITTEN: Ned Mochel*

*member, Actor’s Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S. This production is presented under the auspices of the Actors’ Equity Los Angeles Membership Company Rule

Production Team

Director: Andi Chapman
Scenic Designer: Edward E. Haynes Jr.
Costume Designer: Wendell C. Carmichael
Lighting Designer: Andrew Schmedake
Sound Designer: Jeff Gardner
Projection Designer: Adam R. Macias
Production Stage Manager: Taylor Anne Cullen
Assistant Director: Jessica E. Williams
Choreographer: Indira Tyler
Fight Choreographer: Bo Foxworth

“CRITIC’S CHOICE! ELECTRIFYING… RAZOR-SHARP FOCUS AND CLARITY.” — Los Angeles Times

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