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Native Son

November 24–December 16, 2017

By Nambi E. Kelley
Adapted from the Novel by Richard Wright
Directed by Seret Scott

Yale Repertory Theatre, 1120 Chapel Street


Chicago’s South Side, the 1930s. 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, he unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Native Son is an unforgettable theatrical experience that captures the power of Richard Wright's iconic novel about oppression, freedom, and justice.

Native Son is the first of Yale Rep’s two 2017–18 WILL POWER! productions. The run includes 10:15AM performances on December 12 and 14, 2017, available only to high school groups. Recommended for grades 9-12. To book your group for WILL POWER! performances, please contact Roger-Paul Snell at 203.432.9734 or roger-paul.snell@yale.edu. For questions about content and curriculum, contact Jocelyn Prince at 203.432.1541 or jocelyn.prince@yale.edu.

Contains coarse language, sexual situations, and violence. Please contact the Box Office at 203.432.1234 if you have questions about the themes or content of this production.


The Artists

Creative Team

Nambi E. KelleyNambi E. Kelley


Seret ScottSeret Scott


Cast Members

Jason BowenJason Bowen

The Black Rat

Jasai Chase-OwensJasai Chase-Owens

Buddy, Clerk

Joby EarleJoby Earle

Jan, Store Owner, Police

Michael PembertonMichael Pemberton

Britten, Police

Carmen RomanCarmen Roman

Mrs. Dalton, Agent