In the South Side Chicago of the 1930s, Bigger Thomas struggles to create a place for himself in a world whose prejudice has left him with few opportunities. After taking a job in a wealthy white man's house, he unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Manifesting Bigger's double consciousness through the character of the Black Rat, Kelley reclaims Richard Wright's groundbreaking story for a twenty-first century audience.


- 2019 Audelco Award, Best Play

- 2019 Audelco Nominations: Best Playwright, Director, Lead Actor in a Play, Featured Actress, Lighting Design

- 2020 Drama League Award Nominations: Revival of a Play, Distinguished Performance Award (Galen Ryan Kane)

- 2020 Antonyo Award Nominations: Best Revival of a Play, Best Costumes (Sarita P. Fellows)