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A blistering adaptation of Ralph Ellison’s 1952 master work. Invisible Man follows an anonymous black man as he journeys from the Deep South to a basement in the borderlands of Harlem, from a betrayal at his ivy-covered Negro college to a nightmare job in a paint factory in New York City to the story’s violent climax at a Harlem race riot. Ellison’s hero moves through an America divided by race and class, and grapples with the paradoxes of identity that have rendered him invisible.   

Adapted by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Oren Jacoby, this production of Invisible Man marks the first time that the Ellison Trust has authorized an adaptation of the novel in any medium. The play is directed by award-winning New York City director Christopher McElroen, a co-founder of the Classical Theatre of Harlem. The play premiered at The Court Theatre in Chicago last season, and was the largest-grossing non-musical in its history.

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This Invisible Man abounds in narrative clarity and stylish invention

The Washington Post

As wondrous as the script is, Teagle F. Bougere brings it to light and life pulling off this slugfest of a role...we are fortunate to witness his inspired performance.

DC Theatre Scene


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The Artists


Teagle F. Bougere
Invisible ManTeagle F. Bougere
McKinley Belcher III
Trueblood, Ras, EnsembleMcKinley Belcher III
Brian D. Coats
Grandfather, Burnside, Peter Wheatstraw, EnsembleBrian D. Coats
Johnny Lee Davenport
Preacher, Bledsoe, Brockway, EnsembleJohnny Lee Davenport
De’Lon Grant
Ralston, Tod Clifton, EnsembleDe’Lon Grant
Edward James Hyland
Mr. Norton, Brother Hambro, EnsembleEdward James Hyland
Joy Jones
Slave Girl, Mattie-Lou, Old Woman, EnsembleJoy Jones
Jeremiah Kissel
MC, Emerson Jr., Brother Jack, EnsembleJeremiah Kissel
Deidra LaWan Starnes
Singer, Kate, Mary Rambo, EnsembleDeidra LaWan Starnes
Julia Watt
Stripper, Emma, Woman in Red, EnsembleJulia Watt

Production Team

Troy Hourie
Set DesignerTroy Hourie
M. L. Geiger
Lighting DesignerM. L. Geiger
Kathleen Geldard
Costume DesignerKathleen Geldard
Projections Designer
David Remedios
Sound DesignerDavid Remedios
Robb Hunter
Fight ChoreographerRobb Hunter
John Keith Hall
Production Stage ManagerJohn Keith Hall
Christopher Mirto
Assistant DirectorChristopher Mirto