"STUNNING AND VIVID! This is exactly what theatre is supposed to do." - WGBH 
"POWERFUL AND SEARING! Faithful to the author’s rigorously uncompromising spirit." The Boston Globe
"POWERFUL, POTENT, AND VIVIDLY STAGED! Brilliantly adapted for the stage and imaginatively directed with a sublimely versatile cast. Bougere's is a soul-searing performance. DO NOT MISS IT!"  Joyce Kulhawik

“I am an invisible man.” An idealistic young African-American man searches for identity and his place in the world in an epic journey through 1930s America. Ellison’s landmark American novel about race, power, freedom, and liberty comes to life in this Jefferson Award-winning gripping theatrical adaptation.

Invisible Man is one of the greatest novels ever written. As a meditation on the intricacies of race and class in American culture, it has not been surpassed.” — Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
"This blazingly theatrical adaptation of one of the most important books of the 20th century confronts us with a blistering perspective on race in America." — Artistic Director Peter DuBois



Jump to: Audio
  • What Audiences Are Saying About Invisible Man at the Huntington

    Hear what audiences are saying about the stage adaptation of Ralph Ellison's powerful American classic Invisible Man, and get a sneak peek at exclusive video of the production's stunning visuals.



  • I Am An Invisible Man

    Come behind the scenes of Invisible Man at the Huntington and learn more about the adaptation of Ralph Ellison's powerful American classic in this exclusive interview with adaptor Oren Jacoby, director Christopher McElroen, and "Invisible Man" himself, Teagle F. Bougere.



  • Invisible Man Production Photos

    Photo credit: Astrid Reiken.


  • Scenes from Invisible Man

    Watch scenes from the world premiere production of Invisible Man at the Court Theatre, featuring Teagle F. Bourege.


  • An Interview with Ralph Ellison

    Watch an interview with Invisible Man author Ralph Ellison from the Oklahoma Historical Society.


  • Peter DuBois on Invisible Man

    "I am an invisible man." Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois discusses Oren Jacoby's stage adaptation of Ralph Ellison's powerful American classic Invisible Man.



  • All Of The Lights

    A quick tour of all 1,369 lightbulbs on the set of Invisible Man.


  • Basic Black: Invisible Man Comes To The Stage

    From WGBH: Basic Black welcomes actor Teagle F. Bougere to the studio for a conversation on the themes raised in the play Invisible Man. Also featuring Latoyia Edwards, Phillip Martin, senior reporter, Kim McLarin, and Barbara Lewis.



  • Racial Issues, Far From Invisible On D.C. Stage

    From NPR about the challenges and ambitions of adapting Ralph Ellison's seminal work for the stage. Featuring interviews with adaptor Oren Jacoby, director Christopher McElroen, and actor Teagle F. Bougere.


  • "(What did I Do to be so) Black and Blue"

    Hear a recording of Louis Armstrong performing Fats Waller’s "(What Did I Do To Be So) Black and Blue."


  • Invisible Man on RadioBoston

    RadioBoston host Meghna Chakrabarti speak with Invisible Man director Christopher McElroen about the process of bringing this landmark adaptation to the stage.



Press Reviews

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"STUNNING AND VIVID! This is exactly what theatre is supposed to do." - WGBH 
"POWERFUL AND SEARING! Faithful to the author’s rigorously uncompromising spirit." The Boston Globe
"POIGNANT, POETIC & EMOTIONALLY ENTHRALLING! A powerful cultural experience that should be shared." Berkshire Fine Arts
"GORGEOUSLY STAGED! Christopher McElroen directs an excellent cast."– WBUR
"BRILLIANT PERFORMANCES! Teagle F. Bougere is worth the price of admission." Berkshire Fine Arts
"UNFORGETTABLY MOVING! A powerhouse performance by Teagle F. Bougere." South Shore Critic
"A SUPERB CAST! Individually and as an ensemble they’re all awe-inspiring." South Shore Critic
"EPIC! A story supremely suited to theatrical adaptation. Teagle F. Bougere is astonishing!" - Cape Cod Times
"BRILLIANT! A powerhouse performance!" - EdgeBoston
More Reviews

Audience Buzz

"Big kudos! Excellent play, superb performance! Big congrats to set design, light & sound. Love the costumes (awesome hats). Nice job all the crew."— Fernando Ruiz, via Facebook
"As always, Huntington you do NOT disappoint. This was fabulously done. The actors superb. Once again outstanding."— Cheryl LeVangie, via Facebook
"Fantastic production, thought provoking, out of this World cast!!"— Jeff Zilberfarb, via Facebook
"i was spellbound. fabulous fabulous production and performance last night!"— Natalia Naman Temesgen, via Facebook
"Just saw the stage production if Ralph Ellison's #InvisibleMan. Blown away. #ISpeakForYou"— @BoricuraFeminist
"Are you in Boston? Go to see #InvisibleMan at @Huntington. Don't miss it. It's about Everything."— @Youlo_gy
"Ralph Ellison's #InvisibleMan is staged Beautifully at Boston's @Huntington Theatre! The play's the thing!"— @donnagittens
"Invisible Man is a powerful re-telling of Ellison's seminal book. The play effectively uses the actual language of the book to bring to life Ellison's view of what it was to be black in America — the abuse, the betrayals and ultimately one man's response. This is a difficult/poetic book with huge themes, but this production does a masterful job of portraying the the essence of it. It speaks to both the particulars of blacks in America, but also addresses the universality of invisibility that almost anyone can relate to. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★"— Goldstar User Review
"Stellar acting, incredible set and lighting, overall very sharp production values. Long, with two intermissions, but well worth it. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★"— Goldstar User Review


  • Basic Black: Invisible Man Comes To The Stage

    From Basic Black on WGBH, Jan. 11, 2013: Basic Black welcomes actor Teagle F. Bougere to the studio for a conversation on the themes raised in the play Invisible Man, based on Ralph Ellison's seminal work and currently on stage at The Huntington.
  • Huntington's Invisible Man a Tour De Force

    From BU Today, Jan. 9, 2013: "Boston audiences can see Ellison’s Invisible Man played out in a lavish theater adaptation that drew raves in modestly staged Chicago and Washington, D.C., productions before being brought to the BU Theatre by the Huntington Theatre Company. . . . "
  • Translating Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man To The Stage

    From The Boston Globe, Jan. 5, 2013: "Ralph Ellison’s enduring novel, Invisible Man, vibrates with rich language and imagery. It probes the great themes of American literature — the inequities of race and class, the struggle for success, the search for identity — yet for almost 60 years, it was never made into a movie or a play. Recently, that changed . . . "
  • For Invisible Man Team, A Question Of Being Seen

    From The Boston Globe, Jan. 5, 2013: "When was the first time you felt invisible? When was the last time you looked right through someone, as if he wasn’t there? Director Christopher McElroen posed those questions to his cast when he began rehearsing the stage adaptation of Invisible Man . . . "
  • Designer Alex Koch On Imagery and Invisible Man

    From The Boston Globe, Jan. 5, 2013: "Invisible Man projection designer Alex Koch, 30, is a founder of Brooklyn, N.Y.-based design group Imaginary Media Artists. Recently, he sat down at the Huntington Theatre Company to talk about the show. . . . "
  • The Staging of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man

    From The New York Times, Jan. 4, 2013: "The estate of Ralph Ellison had never allowed his classic 1952 novel Invisible Man to be adapted for another medium, until Oren Jacoby came along. And even after Mr. Jacoby turned the 439-page book into a play — with not a word of new dialogue, as part of the agreement — many theaters passed on staging it, calling it unwieldy or wrong for their audiences. . . . "
  • Racial Issues Far From Invisible on stage

    From NPR, Oct. 3, 2012: "On a farm in Waitsfield, Vt., in 1945, a Merchant Marine cook named Ralph Ellison was resting after his tour of duty. 'One morning scribbling, I wrote the first sentence of what later became The Invisible Man: "I am an invisible man,"' Ellison recalled in an interview for National Educational Television. . . . "
  • An Invisible Man, Live On Stage

    From Chicago Tribune, Jan. 12, 2012: "Can you do a play about an invisible man? About an African-American whom others simply refuse to see? Ralph Ellison, it seems fair to surmise, thought probably not. . . . "


  • McKinley Belcher IIITrueblood / Ras / Ensemble
  • Teagle F. BougereInvisible Man
  • Brian D. CoatsGrandfather / Burnside / Peter Wheatstraw / Ensemble
  • Johnny Lee DavenportPreacher / Bledsoe / Brockway / Ensemble
  • De'Lon GrantRalston / Tod Clifton / Ensemble
  • Edward James HylandMr. Norton / Brother Hambro / Ensemble
  • Joy JonesSlave Girl / Mattie-Lou / Old Woman / Ensemble
  • Jeremiah KisselMC / Emerson, Jr. / Brother Jack / Ensemble
  • Deidra LaWan StarnesSinger / Kate / Mary Rambo / Ensemble
  • Julia WattStripper / Emma / Woman in Red / Ensemble, Fight & Dance Captain
  • Ralph EllisonAuthor
  • Oren JacobyAdaptor
  • Christopher McElroenDirector
  • Troy HourieScenic Design
  • Kathleen GeldardCostume Design
  • David RemediosSound Design
  • Mary Louise GeigerLighting Design
  • Alex Koch, IMAProjection Design
  • Robb HunterFight Director

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