Pasadena Weekly: Antaeus Theatre Co. Brings to Life Richard Wright’s Native Son

By Rochelle Bassarear In 1940, when Richard Wright wrote the novel “Native Son,” the story of an African-American youth named Bigger Thomas living in utter poverty on Chicago’s South Side, the book caused an immediate sensation, selling 250,000 hardcover copies within three weeks of its publication. It also sparked widespread controversy for showing the harsh social conditions imposed on African Americans by this country’s white male power structure. A fast-paced and harrowing tale in which protagonist Bigger lashes out at the oppression around him, the novel was accused of being sexually graphic, profane and explicitly violent, leading it to become one of...