FREDERICK DOUGLASS NOW

Bootleg Theater presents

FREDERICK DOUGLASS NOW

Thu. March 16, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 9:00 pm)

Bootleg Theater

Los Angeles, CA

$15.00 - $20.00

Bootleg Theater is honored to welcome back Roger Guenveur Smith’s revival of FREDERICK DOUGLASS NOW, a performance that brings to life the work of pioneering abolitionist, feminist, and statesman Frederick Douglass. In FREDERICK DOUGLASS NOW, Smith bookends Douglass' classic 19th century texts with original narrative, achieving a stylistic mash-up which speaks to the current American moment. Inspired by Hal Holbrook's Mark Twain Tonight, Smith has been interpreting Douglass materials since he was an undergraduate at Occidental College, subsequently serving as graduate research assistant at Yale University's Frederick Douglass Papers. 

“Where historical perspective and current-day attitudes crosshatch”…“Smith’s purposeful, authorial skill is at its zenith”…“A personal benchmark for this remarkable artist”—L.A. Times

Please note GA Tickets are $15 pre-sale, $20 Day of Show

Roger Guenveur Smith
Roger Guenveur Smith
Since 1990 award-winning actor, writer and director Roger Guenveur Smith has been developing and performing critically acclaimed solo theater pieces on historical African American figures. Smith previously adapted his Obie Award-winning solo performance of A Huey P. Newton Story into a Peabody Award-winning telefilm. Smith's Huey and his Watts Towers Project were both recorded by LATW, as was Radio Mambo: Culture Clash Invades Miami, directed by Smith. Recent directorial credits include both the West Coast and Los Angeles premieres of The Mountaintop, and Steven Berkoff's Agamemnon, which he performed with LATW for the Olympic Arts Festival. His history-infused work for the stage also includes the acclaimed Rodney King, Juan and John, Iceland, In Honor of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Christopher Columbus 1992, Who Killed Bob Marley?, Patriot Act, The End of Black History Month, Two Fires and, with Mark Broyard, Inside the Creole Mafia, cited by the LA Weekly as Production of the Year for both its premiere and revival runs. Smith’s many screen credits include Do the Right Thing, for which he created the stuttering hero Smiley, and the acclaimed Dope and Chi-Raq. Smith also starred in the HBO series K Street and Oz. He has acted in over 80 films including School Daze, Do the Right Thing, King of New York, Deep Cover, Malcolm X, Eve’s Bayou, Hamlet, All About the Benjamins and Poetic Justice.
Venue Information:
Bootleg Theater
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
http://www.bootlegtheater.org/