Author: Richard Wright
Adaptation and Direction: Wynn Handman
Based on Richard Wright’s searing autobiography, Black Boy dramatizes Richard Wright’s journey from childhood innocence to adulthood in the Jim Crow South. Audiences are taken on a complex and compelling journey focusing on Richard’s hunger for knowledge and his fight to claim his basic human rights. Though written in 1943, Black Boy’s themes of racism, injustice and communities paralyzed by fear and misunderstanding still resonate deeply in today’s world.
Black Boy is a powerful account of one young man’s journey from innocence to experience as a black youth living in the Jim Crow South. It is both the unashamed confession of a proud non-conformist and a profound indictment—a poignant and disturbing record of social injustice and human suffering.
Having premiered at the Kennedy Center, this Literature to Life original was one of the first titles on our roster to tour to communities nationally. . A tour de force, the actor plays upwards of fifteen characters from Richard Wright’s past.
Suggested Ages: 12 and up