American Prophet

  • Credits

    By Frederick Douglass, Marcus Hummon & Charles Randolph-Wright
    Music & Lyrics by Marcus Hummon
    Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright


  • Location

    Kreeger Theater

Charles Randolph-Wright (Arena’s Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story, Broadway’s Motown the Musical) returns to Arena Stage with a groundbreaking musical powered by Frederick Douglass’ own speeches and writings. Coupled with soaring new melodies and an original script from Grammy Award-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon and Randolph-Wright, Douglass rises as a fierce abolitionist and distinguished orator. Filled with an electrifying new score, this world premiere celebrates the revolutionary legacy of one of history’s first freedom fighters, whose fire is needed now more than ever.

logo: Edgerton Foundation.

Presenting Sponsorship for American Prophet is generously provided by .

American Prophet is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.

Prime Sponsorship for American Prophet is generously provided by Dan and Gloria Logan and Tiffeny Sanchez and Reg Brown.

Supporting Sponsorship for American Prophet is generously provided by Andrew R. AmmermanJudith N. BattyThe Drutz Family Fund for Musical TheaterDr. Donald Wallace Jones, Dr. Betty Jean Tolbert Jones and Tracey Tolbert JonesPNCR. Lucia Riddle and David Bruce Smith and the Grateful American Foundation.

Contributing Sponsorship is provided by Sandy and Jon Willen.






"Let the Storm Come" from world-premiere musical "American Prophet"
Ken Morris on Frederick Douglass
An interview with Charles Randolph-Wright and Marcus Hummon.
"American Prophet: Frederick Douglass in His Own Words" with Cornelius Smith Jr.
Photo of Cornelius Smith Jr. by Tony Powell.

Song Selections

Hear sample music from American Prophet.

In The News


Interview with Cornelius Smith Jr. on World-Premiere Musical American Prophet


Cornelius Smith Jr. Will Star in World Premiere of American Prophet Musical at Arena Stage

Broadway World

Cornelius Smith Jr. to Play Frederick Douglass in American Prophet: Frederick Douglass In His Own Words


Charles Randolph-Wright Will Direct World Premiere of American Prophet Musical at Arena Stage

Broadway World

World Premiere of American Prophet Musical Announced at Arena Stage