Oprah Winfrey Network is launching “David Makes Man,” a new series created by DePaul University alumnus Tarell Alvin McCraney, winner of a best adapted screenplay Academy Award for the 2016 film “Moonlight.”
The show lets viewers walk through the day to day that is 14-year-old David’s life — one that encompasses struggles in the projects of South Florida and the polar opposite setting that his magnet school presents.
Akili McDowell is David, an instinct-driven, passionate teenager, who navigates between two distinct personas that reflect his surroundings; Alana Arenas(another DePaul University alumna) is David’s hard-working single mother Gloria, a former drug user. Other key players include Sky, a dope dealer and David’s close friend and occasional mentor; Dr. Woods-Trap, David’s teacher and advocate; Seren, David’s vulnerable best friend at the magnet school for academically gifted kids who takes a risk by revealing a painful secret to David; Jonathan “JG” Greg, David’s rough-and-tumble younger brother; and Raynan, the local drug dealer running the movements in David’s complex.
Inspired by events in McCraney’s life, the show explores the topics of generational poverty, addiction, mental health, childhood trauma and the power of imagination to survive in 10 episodes of the hour-long drama.