ON STAGE · THEATER
Roger Guenveur Smith
Frederick Douglass Now
Tour de force solo show looks at the past and present of race in America through the words of one of the country’s greatest thinkers and social activists.
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Tribute video honoring Spike Lee & Roger Guenveur Smith for their three decades of collaboration. See Spike Lee’s film Do the Right Thing starring Roger Guenveur Smith on September 25.
“A striking statement about where America has come and still has to go in terms of race.” —Los Angeles Times
This tour-de-force solo show explores the life of the great 19th-century African American orator, writer, thinker and activist—whose ideas on racial and gender equality still resonate. An actor, writer and Spike Lee film veteran (School Daze, Do the Right Thing), Smith brings Douglass’s ideas into the present moment, mingling the abolitionist’s words with original text, slam poetry, music and contemporary performance elements. As the country marks the 200th anniversary of Douglass’s birth, Smith deftly exposes where we stand on the matters of freedom and dignity Douglass articulated. Smith last performed at Dartmouth in 1998 with his Obie Award-winning solo show on Huey P. Newton.
Part of the 2018 International Black Theatre Summit conference info at theater.dartmouth.edu
This performance is American Sign Language interpreted.
Tour-de-force Solo Show Channels Frederick Douglass
He began work on the show as an undergrad at Occidental College and has been performing it for more than 20 years, refining it to incorporate different material culled from Douglass’s trove of written and spoken words as well as also fresh instances from current events that resonate with the issues Douglass raised.
Funded in part by the Wetzel Family Fund for the Arts.
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1. Photo by Justin Zsebe; 2. Photo by Marc Campos