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Book these shows about Frederick Douglass for your school or organization:

Becoming Frederick Douglass

&

The Starry Road to Freedom


Becoming Frederick Douglass

“Phil Darius Wallace should run for office. His portrayal of the seminal abolitionist Frederick Douglass is so compelling and natural that one almost wants him to parlay the role into public service... powerful... an auspicious one-man show.”

-Times-Union, Albany

Frederick Douglass, an honorable man whose name may be familiar, but whose honorable deeds have been mostly forgotten, was born into slavery on a plantation in Maryland in 1818.  He escaped, educated himself, and became a leader in the abolitionist movement, an author, orator, social reformer, feminist, statesman, and advisor to President Lincoln. The story of his life is a call to action in crucial times. At the end of his life, Douglass said that the struggle was not over.  The transformation from slave to man that defined his life was not finished.

Becoming Frederick Douglass is a new one-man play based on three sources by Frederick Douglass. Adapted by Melania Levitsky, the production premiered with Walking the dog Theater in Hudson, NY, on December 10, 2010. Using Fredrick Douglass’ words exclusively, this powerful collage of parts of his first autobiography, his “Letter to his Former Master”, and “What to the American Slave is the Fourth of July?” forms a compact and explosive whole that continues and revives the conversation about what it means to become a fully human being, while also exploring Douglass' vision of the becoming of America.

Age Group: Grade 8 – 12/Colleges and Universities/Correctional Facilities/Corporations/Conferences

Format: Half day schedule: 1 or 2 performances.  Full day schedule: 2 to 4 performances.

Length: Minimum show time required is 55 minutes. Q & A with actor after the show recommended (additional time)

Size: Recommended maximum per performance:  
        up to 500 students/audience members

Presentation area: No special requirements

Assistance: A short introduction by a school representative.
                 Someone to assist with sound.

Set-up time: Set-up and take down is 15 minutes.

Content: Frederick Douglass’ thoughts on slavery and the becoming of America, scenes from his childhood and youth, songs.  The script is adapted from three sources by Frederick Douglass.

Workshops with the actor are available upon request.

Click for Biography of Frederick Douglass

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“This play is a path straight to compassion for our own history as a nation.  Each person who sees it will help our country grow in conscience and awareness.  Thank you to Melania Levitsky who formed it out of Douglass' words, and to Darius Wallace who invites us to breathe into this man's own experience as a fellow American.  Take a front seat. Don't miss it.”

- Wendy Noyes

“Phil Darius Wallace is original, exciting, dynamic. He possesses a strong fine voice. He is good looking and holds the stage well. He is the sort of actor that people want to meet, need to touch...”

-BerkshireBrightFocus

“A riveting hour of theatrical truth (...) this compelling drama of American Slavery as seen through the eyes of Frederick Douglass seems contemporary in that it is a call to brotherhood rather than greed and enslavement...” 

-Register-Star


Frederick Douglass for younger audiences:

The Starry Road to Freedom

Written by Phil Darius Wallace

The Starry Road to Freedom is a one-man show about Frederick Douglass, one of the most prominent figures in African American history and one of the most influential lecturers and authors in American history. He was a firm believer in the equality of all people whether black, American Indian, recent immigrant or the rights of females. In the show, Phil Darius Wallace performs numerous characters in Fredrick Douglass’ life.

Wallace skillfully plays the role of Frederick Douglass as a little boy along with other characters such as his powerful and loving grandmother, his cruel slave master, and finally Douglass as a free adult. These characters gather into forming a mesmerizing show. The performance includes music, dancing, singing, monologues and poetry. The most powerful message delivered in the story is how education completely transformed Frederick Douglass’ life.

You will be transfixed by the variety in Frederick Douglass’ story. It is an opportunity to meet a man who was an American abolitionist, editor, orator, author, statesman and reformer through the talent of actor Phil Darius Wallace.

Age Group: Kindergarten – Grade 7

Format: Half day schedule: 1 or 2 performances, 45 minute assemblies. Full day schedule: 2 to 4 performances, 45 minute assemblies

Length: Minimum show time required for Lower elementary performance is 20-25 minutes total.

Size: Recommended maximum per performance: Elementary school 275 students
Presentation area: No special requirements Assistance: A short introduction by a school representative. Someone to assist with sound.

Set-up time: Set-up and take down is 15 minutes.

Content: Frederick’s life, slavery and transformation through education. An authentic costumed portrayal of Frederick Douglass. This program is in assembly format only for full and half days.

Workshops with the actor are available upon request.

Click here for the Study Guide for The Starry Road to Freedom

Click for Biography of Frederick Douglass

Phil Darius Wallace was born in Flint Michigan. He attended Interlochen Arts Academy where he studied theatrical arts. He then attended SUNY Purchase Theatre Arts School in New York, a school of professional theatre. His first professional role was Caliban in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, which was performed at Michigan’s Shakespeare Festival. Later, he became a company member of Flint Youth Theatre where he performed various children shows. It was during this time that he wrote and produced a one-man show on the life of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Fredrick Douglas. Phil Darius Wallace began touring his one-man shows around the country through mobile productions which has been seen in forty-eight states. The show Malcolm X received rave reviews by the LA Times and LA Weekly. He recently finished shooting the movie Nothing But the Truth with Kate Beckinsale and Matt Dillon. He is currently in post production on his own movie, 100 Lives, which he wrote, directed and produced.

Visit the Phil Darius Wallace website

Melania Levitsky is the Associate Artistic Director of WTD. Other recent adaptations/direction are: the 2009 WTD production of Virtue, Desire, Death, and Foolishness, an Evening ofTales from Chekhov,  The Gold in the Ground which WTD toured for a year in 2005-6, and which Melania is currently making into a children’s book. Recent roles include: Olivia, Rosalind, Cyrano.

 

 

 
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