Based on the novel of Richard Wright

Native Son

By Nambi E. Kelley Directed by Colette Robert

When you look in the mirror, what do you see?

On Chicago’s South Side in the 1930s, Bigger Thomas struggles to find a place for himself in a world where systemic oppression and poverty make fear and violence the everyday currency of life.

Most famously adapted by Carolina’s own Paul Green, Richard Wright’s seminal novel is ready to capture the hearts and minds of another generation with Nambi E. Kelley’s heart-stopping and theatrical new adaptation.


September 11- September 29, 2019

Run Time

Approximately 90 minutes. No intermission.

Ticket Prices

Tickets start at $20


Rated R for sexual and racial violence, and strong languagage.

“gutsy, powerful, relentless…”

Chicago Tribune

Many thanks to our co-producer

This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.


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by Susie Potter
Triangle Arts Review
September 16, 2019

PlayMakers Rep Director Colette Robert and Her Cast Don’t Pull Any Punches in Nambi Kelley’s Adaptation of Richard Wright’s “Native Son”
by Nancy Rich
Triangle Arts & Entertainment
September 16, 2019

THEATRE REVIEW: “Native Son” at Playmakers Repertory Company
by Erim Akpan
Chatham Life & Style
September 16, 2019

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by Randy Roberts
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June 21, 2019