Lifeline Theatre

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Native Son
Runs May 10Jun 30, 2024
Suffocating in rat-infested poverty on Chicago’s South Side during the 1930s, twenty-year-old Bigger Thomas struggles to find a place for himself in a world whose prejudice has shut him out. After taking a job in a wealthy white man’s house, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley, this Native Son captures the power of Richard Wright’s novel for a whole new generation.

Spearheaded by artistic director ILesa Duncan (Middle Passage, Neverwhere,) experience Nambi E. Kelley’s “gutsy, powerful, and relentless” adaptation of Richard Wright’s powerful introspection on race and justice like never before.

6912 N. Glenwood Avenue
Chicago IL 60626
Lifeline Theatre explores, interprets, and reimagines books and other literary works to create stories that move us beyond the margins of our own lives.

We are driven by a passion for story. Our ensemble process supports writers in the development of literary adaptations and new work, and our theatrical and educational programs foster a lifelong engagement with literature and the arts. A cultural anchor of Rogers Park, we are committed to deepening our connection to an ever-growing family of artists and audiences, both near and far.