Douglass The Prophet
Harlem Stage and Columbia University present Douglass the Prophet part of Columbia University’s series of public programs and events inspired by the “tone parallel” between William Shakespeare and the Duke Ellington Orchestra’s Shakespearean suite, Such Sweet Thunder.
Documentarian and playwright June Cross brings Frederick Douglass back from the dead in this new 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 a live score by drummer Mike Clark and vocalist Kathryn Farmer, lighting by Alan C. Edwards, artwork by Sanford Biggers, dramaturgy by Sunder Ganglani 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.