Season one of OWN and Warner Horizon Scripted Television’s Peabody Award-winning series “David Makes Man,” a one-hour lyrical drama created by playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney (“Moonlight”), will be available to stream on HBO Max starting July 16.
“David Makes Man” centers on David (Akili McDowell) , a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects who is haunted by the death of his closest friend and relied upon 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. Set in South Florida, the series is inspired by events in McCraney’s own life and explores childhood trauma and the power of imagination to survive.
The ensemble cast includes Alana Arenas (“Head of Passes”), Isaiah Johnson (“Hamilton”), Ade Chike Torbert (“East Los High”), Travis Coles (“Liza on Demand”), Cayden K. Williams (“Girls Trip”), Logan McIntyre (“Magic Camp”), Jordan Bolger (“Peaky Blinders”), Phylicia Rashad (“Creed” films, “Empire,” “The Cosby Show”). Ruben Santiago-Hudson (“Lackawanna Blues,” “The Quad,” “Billions”), Elvis Nolasco (“American Crime”), Gillian Williams (“The Girlfriend Experience”), Juanita Jennings (“Star”), Liza Colon-Zayas (“Proven Innocent”), Lindsey Blackwell (“Step Sisters”), Lela Rochon, (“Training Day”), Teshi Thomas (“Raven’s Home”) and Nick Creegan all appear in recurring roles.