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Watch Roger Guenveur Smith's Riveting Performance In 'Frederick Douglass NOW'

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act January 9, 2013 at 1:03PM

I thought this would be fitting, given all the conversation about slavery as edutainment. 
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Frederick Douglass NOW

I thought this would be fitting, given all the conversation about slavery as edutainment

Roger Guenveur Smith's Frederick Douglass NOW - a monologue inspired by the life and work of abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

A work that Smith has performed for about 20 years now, speaking of contemporary remixes of styles and stories, it comprises of edited piece of Douglass' 19th Century texts, mixed into Smith's own original writing to produce an edgy, stylistic, jazz-infused narrative mash-up that could very be the blueprint for an exciting feature-length screenplay.

Originally commissioned at the La MaMa Experimental Theater Club in New York, Smith has performed Frederick Douglass NOW at prestigious venues on both sides of the Atlantic.

It's what you could call a beast of a performance, with some excellent writing; and is worth watching if you've never seen it.

Thankfully, I found this 2011 performance of it at Wellesley College's Newhouse Center:

This article is related to: Roger Guenveur Smith


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