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Roger Guenveur Smith returns to the stage with his signature solo show, Frederick Douglass Now. Frederick Douglass Now is a monologue inspired by the life and work of the self-liberated abolitionist and pioneering feminist Frederick Douglass. Smith has edited Douglass’ class 19th Century texts into a jazz-infused narrative, bookended by original writing of Beckettian force to produce the kind of edgy stylistic mash-up of which vital contemporary theater is made. Smith has been inspired by the pioneering abolitionist and feminist to combine Douglass’ classic texts with original narrative to create and perform what the Los Angeles Times calls “a personal benchmark for this remarkable artist.” This production of Frederick Douglass Now will take place on Martha’s Vineyard at The Tabernacle.
In 1841, Frederick Douglass delivered his first public address on Nantucket at a meeting of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society. He is documented to have spoken in Edgartown in 1857, and in 1876 in Oak Bluffs at the Tabernacle.
Tickets purchased for this event will be general admission and all tickets must be presented upon arrival. The venue will be outdoors in a covered location. Frederick Douglass Now is presented in collaboration with the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association.
Run time is 60 minutes.
Masks are required regardless of vaccination status.
“Roger Guenveur Smith gets it all and gets it brilliantly” —New York Times
Roger Guenveur Smith adapted his Obie Award-winning play, A Huey P Newton Story into a Peabody Award-winning telefilm. His Bessie Award-winning play, Rodney King is currently streaming on Netflix. Both King and Newton were directed by Smith’s colleague, Spike Lee. Their many collaborations also include, Do the Right Thing, for which Mr. Smith created the stuttering hero, Smiley. His screen credits include work inspired by Rosa Parks, Thurgood Marshall, Malcolm X, Michael Manley, Nat Turner, Madam CJ Walker, and Booker T Washington, as well as the series, Queen Sugar, K Street, and Oz.