Frederick Douglass Now and The Cambria

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Opened Sep 16, 2009
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

In 1845, as a relatively unknown escaped slave, Frederick Douglass was forced to flee the United States after publishing his life story, A Narrative of the Life of an American Slave. With false papers - and a bounty on his head from enraged slaveholders - he boarded the Cunard Line paddle steamer The Cambria out of Boston bound for Ireland. He was greeted like a hero by the Irish people and spoke to mass meetings on platforms with Daniel O'Connell, the leading Irish politician of the day. The Cambria is the thrilling tale of this historic voyage written by Donal O'Kelly and starring Mr. O'Kelly and Sorcha Fox and directed by Raymond Keane. Roger Guenveur Smith is Frederick Douglass Now, illuminating our present American moment with Douglass' ever-brilliant 19th century texts. The speeches, letters and editorials of the pioneering abolitionist and feminist are bookended by Smith with original narratives, fusing Douglass' era with our own. Smith's nationally acclaimed solo performance, most recently presented at the Kennedy Center, returns to New York after sold-out engagements at Aaron Davis Hall and La Mama, where it was originally commissioned. At the core of Smith's Douglass is the fugitive slave turned statesman, whose quest for an America free of racism, sexism, and economic deprivation is still, tragically, relevant. Frederick Douglass Now and The Cambria run in repertory. Click here for a detailed performance schedule.

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