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
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.
Invisible Man was published in 1952, and its prismatic mix of styles, rhythm, and influences was unlike anything else in American literature.Read More
Ralph Ellison’s Literary Executor John Callahan reflects on his decision to allow Oren Jacoby to adapt Invisible Man, how the stage and literary versions differ, and the relevance of this landmark novel 60 years after its publication.Read More