January, 2002 — Props: RALPH ELLISON’S INVISIBLE MAN, by Gregory Johnson

"Published in 1952, Invisible Man traces the odyssey of an articulate, young, black man who leaves the Jim Crow South in search of greatness. When the budding orator makes his way to New York — a countrified Alice in a big-city Wonderland — he gets trapped in a fun house of distorted self-images that are thrust upon him by fraudulent communists, black militants, and the followers of a mysterious preacher / pimp. After an apocalyptic Harlem riot, he emerges from the sewers a half-sane Brer Rabbit convinced that the truth lies in living outside of history."