Manchild in the Promised Land
Claude Brown’s autobiographical novel about growing up in 1930s Harlem is adapted into an uplifting theatrical journey.
- Feb. 4 - 5, 2005
- Theater Lab
- 1 hour
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From American Place Theatre's Literature to Life® series comes this powerful stage adaptation of Claude Brown's semi-autobiographical novel, which chronicles the author's experiences as an African-American youth growing up on the streets of 1930s Harlem. Surrounded by poverty and hardship, a young boy named Sonny resorts to stealing and other crimes in order to survive. After one too many run-ins with the law, Sonny is sent to an all-boys' reform school, where he immerses himself in African culture, learns to love literature, and eventually puts his rough childhood behind. Through a mixture of humor, heartbreak, and revelation, Manchild in the Promised Land promises to inspire as the story of one young man's personal triumph against all odds.
Includes mature themes and content. Recommended for ages 14 and up.