‘David Makes Man’ Trailer: Tarell Alvin McCraney Brings ‘Penetrative Poem’ to OWN — Exclusive

IndieWire | 6/19/2019 | Staff
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OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has set a Wednesday, August 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT premiere date for its anticipated new drama series “David Makes Man,” from Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney (“Moonlight”) and Warner Horizon Scripted Television.

An Oscar to his credit, his script for Netflix’s Steven Soderbergh drama “High Flying Bird” drawing high praise, and his Broadway production “Choir Boy” having wrapped up a successful run in March, playwright and screenwriter McCraney continues to impress with his initial foray into television with the deeply personal “David Makes Man.”

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Inspired by the writer’s impoverished youth in Florida, the milieu naturally calls to mind “Moonlight,” and even borrows some of the film’s stylistic touchstones, bathing images in evocative colors, accompanied by a melancholic score that sets the lyrical tone.

The hourlong drama centers on a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects who is haunted by the death of his closest friend and relied on by his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty. He must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that may offer him a way out.

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Boasting an executive producing team that includes actor Michael B. Jordan via his Outlier Society Productions and Oprah Winfrey, the series stars Akili McDowell (“The Astronaut Wives Club”) as the titular David, a passionate young teen who toggles between two distinct personas that reflect his surroundings, employing a vivid imagination to escape the inherent trauma caused by poverty.

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“David Makes Man”

The up-and-comer is joined by veteran actress Phylicia Rashad as David’s teacher Dr. Woods-Trap. “David Makes Man” also features Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Elvis...
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