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Native Son


by Nambi E. Kelley

Duke Theater, 42nd Street

Native Son_1_Bigger Theme intro
00:00 / 01:14

Directed by Seret Scott

Composer / sound designer - Frederick Kennedy

Scenic design - Neil patel

Lighting design - Alan Edwards

Costume design - Sarita Fellows

Producer - The Acting Company

Native Son_5_Alley Chase
00:00 / 00:55
Native Son_6_Second Chase-FLY!
00:00 / 00:50

From the website of the Acting Company: “In the South Side Chicago  of the 1930s, Bigger Thomas struggles to create a place for himself in  a world whose prejudice has left him with few opportunities. After  taking a job in a wealthy white man's house, he unwittingly unleashes  a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate.

Manifesting Bigger's double consciousness through the character of the Black Rat, playwright Nambi Kelley reclaims Richard Wright's

groundbreaking story for a twenty-first century audience.”

This play adaption of Richard Wright's classic novel Native Son is set in 60 scenes over the course of  90 minutes, constantly shifting location and moving back and forth in  time. Sound and music played a massive role in this piece, which  slowly journeys from a naturalistic perspective to psychological  nightmare and horror. Utilizing a blend of live microphone processing,  prerecorded voices of the actors, original music, and my own  experiments in texture, and in concert with the intricate lighting  design of Alan Edwards, I wove together a near-constant soundscape  that traced the arc of this character’s journey.

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