Season 29: “Lost and Sound”
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. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by American Blues Ensemble member Nambi E. Kelley, and co-produced with Court Theatre, this Native Son brings the power of Richard Wright’s novel to life for a whole new generation. Explore more of Native Son in Shepsu Aakhu‘s playguide and an interview with adaptor Nambi E. Kelley!
“Stirring. Forefully directed.” – Wall Street Journal “Gutsy, powerful, relentless, profoundly disturbing piece of Chicago theater.” – Chicago Tribune “Triumphant merging into one man that inspires you to look in the mirror.” – Newcity
World Premiere adaptation by Ensemble member Nambi E. Kelley! Joseph Jefferson Award recommended.
This performance must close October 19th.
- Wednesday: 7:30pm
- Thursday: 7:30pm
- Friday: 8:00pm
- Saturday: 3:00pm and 8:00pm
- Sunday: 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Special Note: Saturday matinees available on 9/27, 10/4, 10/11
Location: Court Theatre at 5535 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago
Cast: Jerod Haynes (Bigger), Eric Lynch* (Black Rat), Shanesia Davis (Hannah), Tosin Morohunfola (Gus), Edgar Sanchez (Buddy), Joe Dempsey* (Britten), Nora Fiffer (Mary), James Leaming* (Mr. Dalton), Carmen Roman*(Mrs. Dalton), Tracey Bonner (Bessie/Vera), & Jeff Blim (Jan).
Production: Nambi E. Kelley* (adaptor), Seret Scott (director), Regina Garcia (scenic), Marc Stubblefield (lights), Melissa Torchia (costumes), Joshua Horvath (sound), Shepsu Aakhu (Production dramaturg).
*American Blues Theater Ensemble and Artistic Affiliates
More Information on Native Son
“4 out of 4 stars. You never doubt the truth … you are seeing in this gutsy, powerful, relentless, profoundly disturbing piece of Chicago theater.” – Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
Native Son was received with rave reviews from Chicago critics includingthe Chicago Tribune, Around the Town Chicago, Time Out Chicago and more!
by Shepsu Aakhu I first met Nambi E. Kelley just as she was graduating from the Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University. She was, and frankly still is a vibrant, energetic, and focused artist with a sense of her craft that is astounding. During our many years...