Ellisons 1952 Literary Genius Takes Studio Theatre Stage

By Mackay, Barbara | Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The, September 17, 2012 | Go to article overview

Ellisons 1952 Literary Genius Takes Studio Theatre Stage


Mackay, Barbara, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


When Ralph Ellisons novel Invisible Man appeared in 1952, it created a major stir in literary circles with its analysis of social and intellectual issues facing blacks in the early 20th century. Ellison captured the emotions of those who face racism, poverty, bigotry and mistrust.

Now the Studio Theatre is producing the first authorized stage version of Invisible Man, adapted by Oren Jacoby, directed by Christopher McElroen and starring the impressive Teagle F. Bougere. Like the book, the play is a record of hope, betrayal and the creation of character.

The play begins in the South, where the main character (the Invisible Man is never given a name) graduates from high school and shows promise as an orator. He wins a scholarship to the State College for Negroes and meets the founder of the college, Mr. Norton (Edward Hyland). After two years, he is summoned by the evil

president of the college, Bledsoe (Johnny Lee Davenport), who betrays the heros dreams and sends him to New York with what are supposed to be letters of recommendation.

Instead, those letters keep the Invisible Man from being hired in any decent job. In Harlem he finds employment in a paint factory but is hurt in an explosion, after which he cant work. He is taken in by a kind woman, Mary (Deidra LaWan Starnes), who looks after him until he is discovered by a racially integrated organization called the Brotherhood, which pays him well to speak for them. …

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