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Richard Wright Centennial Project 

When: Sun., March 16, 6 p.m. 2008
Price: free

Nearly seven decades have passed since novelist Richard Wright unleashed Bigger Thomas onto the world, but Bigger remains lodged in our cultural consciousness. He is, after all, one of the most important characters to emerge from 20th-century American literature -- a proto-Invisible Man and symbol of "bigger" societal forces who reappeared in the work of Ralph Ellison, and the persona cultivated by rapper Biggie Smalls. This Sunday, March 16, Oakland Public Theater celebrates Richard Wright's centennial by revisiting (and "remixing") Native Son, the novel that spawned Bigger Thomas. Part of the OPT Theater Unplugged series, the Richard Wright Centennial Project combines close readings from the novel with biographical information about Wright and the controversy that surrounded his work. This free event happens at Chapel of the Chimes (4499 Piedmont Ave., Oakland) at 6 p.m. 510-534-9529

— Rachel Swan


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