A woman tries to feed her husband a fried drumstick. Dragons roam a flat earth. The last Black man in the whole entire world dies again. And again. Careening through memory and language, Parks explores and explodes archetypes of Black America with piercing insight and raucous comedy. A riotous theatrical event, The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World AKA the Negro Book of the Dead hums with the heartbeat of improvisational jazz.


Critics’ Pick! "Hypnotic! A fever dream from which there is truly no waking."
- The New York Times

"Four stars!"
- Time Out New York

"Haunting! Weaves a woozy spell."
- Variety

"An expert revival! Uncompromising, strenuous and stylistically daring."
- Newsday
October 25 - December 18, 2016
Running Time
75 minutes, no intermission
The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre


William DeMeritt

Nike Kadri

Patrena Murray

Reynaldo Piniella

Julian Rozzell

Roslyn Ruff

Mirirai Sithole

David Ryan Smith

Daniel J. Watts

Jamar Williams

Amelia Workman


Scenic Design
Riccardo Hernandez
Costume Design
Montana Blanco
Lighting Design
Yi Zhao
Sound Design
Palmer Hefferan
Projection Design
Hannah Wasileski
Raja Feather Kelly
Wig Design
Cookie Jordan
Production Stage Manager
Terri K. Kohler

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