“Native Son,” Richard Wright’s iconic novel about oppression, freedom, and justice comes to life at Mosaic Theater March 27–April 28 in Washington, DC.
After taking a job in a wealthy White man's house, the main character, Bigger Thomas, unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Set on Chicago’s great South Side, where the Rucker's Plantation, Mississippi born writer came of age, the story of Thomas is unforgettable.
James Baldwin’s blistering critique of Wright’s blistering work inspired “Les Deux Noirs: Notes on Notes of A Native Son.” This second play also hits Mosaic Theater March 27–April 28.
The story is a modern reimagining of Wright’s real-life meeting with Baldwin in 1953 Paris using elements of hip-hop culture interwoven with known historical facts. The new-work explores the complex relationship of two literary giants who hold divergent opinions around race politics. While Baldwin was born in New York City, ironically, both men died in France.