FILE — The writer Ta-Nehisi Coates at his apartment in New York, Sept. 25, 2017. Lately a new form of autobiographical writing has begun to cohere, or an old one to return. Call it the epistolary memoir: a life told in the form of a letter. (Cole Wilson/The New York Times)

Stage adaptation of ‘Between the World and Me’ coming to Symphony Hall

Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote “Between the World and Me” as both a warning and lifeline to his son.

The warning was sobering and clear: White supremacy would always be present in his son’s life. But that warning, bleak as it was, was also an essential bit of knowledge, Coates argued, that might help his son understand the world around him and how he should navigate through it.

The book won a National Book Award in 2015 and has now been adapted for the stage. It makes its Atlanta debut on Tuesday at the Atlanta Symphony Hall in two performances. Presented by the Apollo Theater, the production is scheduled to feature T.I., Ledisi, Killer Mike, Pauletta Washington, Lynn Whitfield, Omar Dorsey, Michelle Wilson and others reading passages from the book.

“Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates; Spiegel & Grau (176 pages, $24) (Photo courtesy Amazon)

MacArthur Fellow Jason Moran, who contributed to Ava DuVernay’s films “Selma” and “13th,” wrote the original score to the production.

Showtimes are 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. NE. Tickets are $40-$80 and you can get them at atlantasymphony.orgor 404-733-5000.

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