About The Performance
Documentarian and playwright June Cross brings Frederick Douglass back from the dead in this world premiere play starring Keith David. Invoking the spirits of Othello, Julius Caesar and Duke Ellington; Douglass, reimagined as an eternal prophet, meets us exactly where we are – lost in the myopia of our current American tragedy. But perhaps he can interrupt fate and redirect our collective future so the past can finally cease repeating. With lighting by Alan C. Edwards, Artwork by Sanford Biggers and Directed by Charlotte Brathwaite – Douglass the Prophet is a poetic freedom dream that weaves story and history, while urging the audience to imagine a future beyond the ravages of our violent past.
Image: Keith David as Frederick Douglass / courtesy of Columbia University Such Sweet Thunder