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Ralph Ellison
Invisible Man - Staged Reading

Adapted for the stage by Oren Jacoby
Based on the novel by Ralph Ellison
Directed by Christopher McElroen

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011
8 pm, Beckwith Recital Hall

UNCW embarks on an unprecedented two-year development residency with the creators of the world premiere stage adaptation of Ralph Ellison’s 1952 novel Invisible Man. Adapted by Oscar-nominated writer Oren Jacoby and directed by Christopher McElroen, founding artistic director of the Classical Theatre of Harlem, the new stage production (the first authorized by the Ralph and Fanny Ellison Charitable Trust) will be completed during workshops and rehearsals at UNCW. The completed production will premiere at Chicago's Court Theater in January 2012.

In advance of the premiere, resident artists Jacoby, McElroen and members of their design team will conduct workshops and work with local actors to create a staged reading of the final script. The residency will also include films, lectures, book club discussions and other events that explore the legacy of this literary classic. The full-scale production will return to Wilmington during the 2012/13 Season, in advance of its highly anticipated international tour.

Tickets & Information

Free and open to the public. For tickets and information call or visit the Kenan Auditorium Box Office, Monday - Friday, noon - 6 p.m. (910) 962-3500 or (800) 732-3643. Seating is limited. Tickets must be picked up in person at the Kenan Auditorium Box Office. Limit 4 tickets per person.

Additional Residency Activities

Leading up to the staged reading on Nov. 5, UNCW Artists in Residence Christopher McElroen and Oren Jacoby will be featured in a line up of lectures and presentations about their work and their new groundbreaking stage adaptation of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man. The weeklong residency will also include lectures and presentations by other special guests, including Ellison scholar Arnold Rampersad. A complete schedule of events is available on the residency page.

The Invisible Man Residency is presented by the UNCW Office of Cultural Arts, in partnership with Randall Library, Upperman African American Cultural Center, Africana Studies and the Departments of English, Film Studies and Theatre.

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