Native Son


Richard Wright's iconic novel about oppression, freedom, and justice comes to life on stage in this ground-breaking adaptation. 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. Director Psalmayene 24 will also be creating a companion piece to Native Son for the 2018-2019 workshop series.

Presented by Mosaic Theater Company of DC

Show Type
Running Time
90 minutes
(0 Intermissions)
Appropriate For All Ages Price Ranges
$10 - $65

Discount Tickets Available TodayTix ($5-$12), Goldstar ($5-32.50)

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Box Office Phone: 202-399-7993

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 03/27/2019 - 04/28/2019
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Thursday 8:00pm11:00am-
Friday 8:00pm--
Saturday 3:00pm8:00pm-
Important Dates

Extra Performances

  • 03/31/2019 - 3:00pm
  • 03/31/2019 - 7:30pm
  • 04/28/2019 - 3:00pm
  • 04/28/2019 - 7:30pm
  • 04/23/2019 - 8:00pm
  • 03/27/2019 - 8:00pm
  • 04/03/2019 - 8:00pm
  • 04/24/2019 - 11:00am
  • 04/19/2019 - 11:00am

Dark Days

  • 03/28/2019 - 11:00am
  • 04/18/2019 - 11:00am
  • 04/25/2019 - 11:00am
  • 04/25/2019 - 8:00pm
  • 04/26/2019 - 8:00pm
  • 03/30/2019 - 3:00pm
  • 04/27/2019 - 3:00pm
  • 04/27/2019 - 8:00pm
Performer Role
Clayton Pelham, Jr Bigger
Lolita Horne Hannah
Melissa Flaim Mrs. Dalton
Drew Kopas Jan
Vaughn Ryan Midder Black Rat
Tendo Nsuguba Buddy
Madeline Joey Rose Mary
Stephen Schmidt Britten
Renee E Wilson Vera/Bessie
Production Personnel
Nambi E. Kelley
Psalmayene 24
Costume Designer
Katie Touart
Set Designer
Ethan Sinnott
Sound Designer
Nick Hernandez
Lighting Designer
William Kendall D’Eugenio
Adapted By
Nambi E Kelly
Adapted From
Native Son by Richard Wright
Projections/Media Designer
Dylan Uremovich


Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
About the Venue:
X2 bus from Gallery Pl/Chinatown. H2 Bus from Union Stn. DC Streetcar from H St/Union Station or Benning Rd/Oklahoma Ave

Getting There

  • Union Station (Red Line)
  • X2 bus from Gallery Pl/Chinatown. H2 Bus from Union Stn. DC Streetcar from H St/Union Station or Benning Rd/Oklahoma Ave


  • Street parking
  • Valet parking


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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Native Son First Look Trailer