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Frederick Douglass NOW

November 5 @ 7:00 pm
980 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 United States

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Following the incredible reception from last summer’s performance on Martha’s Vineyard, Frederick Douglass NOW comes to the August Wilson African American Center November 5, 2022.

Frederick Douglass NOW is a one man show written by actor, writer, and director, Roger Guenveur Smith. The concept of this play was initiated as a senior honors project in American Studies at Occidental College. At Yale University, Smith, worked as a graduate assistant at the Frederick Douglass Papers, National Archives. He has since continued to play Douglass to international acclaim, while constructing an unparalleled body of work for the stage and screen.

Mr. Smith adapted his Obie Award-winning A Huey P Newton Story into a Peabody Award-winning telefilm. His Bessie Award-winning Rodney King is currently streaming on Netflix. Both King and Newton were directed by Smith’s long-time friend, 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.

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