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“Native” Play at St. Matthew’s

October 13, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church’s Faith & the Arts Series is hosting the play, Native, on Friday, October 13, at 7:30 p.m.

Native is written by Ian Finley, a playwright and educator who was the NC Piedmont Laureate in 2012. It tells the story of the collaboration between Pulitzer Prize winner, Paul Green, and the author of Native Son, Richard Wright and is produced by EbzB Productions.

Paul Green and Richard Wright were originally brought together to adapt Wright’s novel, Native Son for the stage. Green, a white southern professor, and Wright, a self-educated African-American with communist sympathies, forge a deep respect for each other. But then in 1941, they meet again in New York for rewrites; a Broadway production is in rehearsal. Differences over a single page of the script create an impasse between them.

Native is a play that speaks to the issues of our time. Although it is rooted in the history of 1941 America, it confronts the pressing questions we face today, including “Whose story and struggle is this? Yours? Mine? . . . Ours?”

This program is open to the public. Tickets are $15 and can be obtained through the office.


The St. Matthew’s Faith & the Arts Series began in 2010 as a result of the church’s desire to be more intentional in their support of the arts and artists; to challenge and deepen faith through exposure to the arts; and to use sacred space as a setting for artistic expression.