Literature to Life

Black Boy

May 7, 2024
Harold Prince Theatre
PLA Presents

Children's Festival


Richard Wright’s Black Boy is a powerful account of a young man's journey from innocence to experience growing up in the Jim Crow South. This semiautobiographical work is both an unashamed confession of a proud non-conformist and a profound indictment against our country’s disturbing record of social injustice and human suffering. Now, in this Philadelphia premiere by Literature to Life, a single actor makes this poignant narrative come alive on stage, playing over 15 characters from Wright’s past and illuminating connections between current times and troubled history.

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School groups should contact Anne-Marie Mulgrew at 215.462.7720 or All others should contact the Box Office at 215.898.3900 or

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Photo credit: Courtesy Literature to Life