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    Native Son

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    The OBIE Award-winning Classical Theater of Harlem (CTH) will present the premiere Christopher McElroen's adaptation of NATIVE SON, based on the classic novel by Richard Wright. Performances will be at the HSA Theater (645 St. Nicholas Avenue). Set in Chicago in the 1930s, NATIVE SON centers on the life of Bigger Thomas, a young African American man who is a representative victim of racism, nothing more than a "nigger" in a white man's world. He is doomed, trapped in a downward spiral that will lead to arrest, prison, or death. Driven by despair, frustration, and poverty, he has no way out of the racism that surround him, and after he murders a young white woman in a moment of panic, the world begins to close in on him. Hailed as a masterpiece when it was first published in 1940, NATIVE SON is considered by many to be the most influential novel in Black literary history. This new adaptation, which was presented in workshop form in October of last year, has received the endorsement of Mr. Wright's widow Ellen and his daughter Julia, who wrote, "Bringing Bigger alive again on the stage sixty years after his fictional execution is a strong, bold, and timely challenge my father would have approved of."

    Dates:  Feb. 1, 2002 - March 3, 2002
    Schedule:  Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m.
    Venue:  HSA Theater, 645 St. Nicholas Ave. (near 141st St.)
    Price:  $15
    Tickets/info:  (212) 539-8828

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