I am incredibly honored and grateful to be a part of Marin Theatre Company's Native Son, an adaptation of Richard Wright's novel by Nambi E. Kelley and directed by Seret Scott.
Bigger Thomas dares to want more out of life. Things start looking up when he lands a plum job with the well-to-do Dalton family, but their daughter Mary proves to be as dangerous as she is alluring. A fateful decision sends Bigger down a violent and inescapable path. Misrepresented and underestimated by everyone around him, Bigger has no one to turn to except himself. Using W.E.B. DuBois' theory of double consciousness as a guiding principle, this fresh 90-minute adaptation of Native Son focuses on the landscape inside the mind of Bigger Thomas, bringing the power of Richard Wright’s novel to life for a whole new generation. MTC is proud to bring Ms. Kelley’s heart-stopping, urgent, and expressionistic adaptation of Wright’s groundbreaking novel to the West Coast, following its sold-out world premiere at Chicago’s Court Theatre in 2014.
The ensemble is led by Jerod Haynes as Bigger, with Ryan Nicole Austin as Bessie/Vera, Rosie Hallett as Mary Dalton, William Hartfield as Black Rat, Patrick Kelly Jones as Britten, Adam Magill as Jan, Dane Troy as Buddy, Courtney Walsh as Mrs. Dalton, and C. Kelly Wright as Hannah. Sean McStravick provides stage management.
Native Son will run Tuesdays through Sundays, January 19 through February 12, at Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley, California. Tickets and further information available here.