FREDERICK DOUGLASS IN HIS OWN WORDS

American Prophet

  • Credits

    by Frederick Douglass, Marcus Hummon & Charles Randolph-Wright
    Music & Lyrics by Marcus Hummon
    Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright
    Choreographed by Lorna Ventura
    Music Direction, Orchestrations and Additional Arrangements by Joseph Joubert

  • 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.

American Prophet is made possible through generous funding from logo:Exelon.

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

This production is sponsored bylogo:AARPDan and Gloria Logan and Tiffeny Sanchez and Reg Brown with additional support from Andrew R. AmmermanJudith N. BattyThe Drutz Family Fund for Musical Theater, Dr. Donald Wallace Jones, Dr. Betty Jean Tolbert Jones and Tracey Tolbert Jones, , R. Lucia Riddle and David Bruce Smith and The Grateful American Foundation.

Special thanks to Sandy and Jon Willen.

Cast

CAROLYN AGAN

Ensemble / Swing

ERICA AUBREY

Mary Todd / Ensemble

KURT BOEHM

Reverend Gore / Ensemble

ZOË BRYANT

Ensemble / Swing / Betsey u/s

CICILY DANIELS

Betsey Bailey / Elizabeth

KRISTOLYN LLOYD

Anna Douglass

CHRISTOPHER B. PORTLEY

Demby / Ensemble

CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL RICHARDSON

Ensemble / Swing

CHRIS ROBERTS

John Brown

BRENDON SCHAEFER

Ensemble / Swing / Abraham Lincoln/John Brown u/s

THOMAS ADRIAN SIMPSON

Abraham Lincoln / Garrison

CORNELIUS SMITH JR.

Frederick Douglass

CORREY WEST

Ensemble

CURTIS WILEY

Gabe / Ensemble / Frederick Douglass u/s

KANYSHA WILLIAMS

Ensemble / Anna u/s

Creative

MARCUS HUMMON

Co-Creator / Music & Lyrics

CHARLES RANDOLPH-WRIGHT

Co-Creator / Director

LORNA VENTURA

Choreographer

JOSEPH JOUBERT

Music Director / Orchestrator / Additional Arrangements

ARNULFO MALDONADO

Set Designer

DEDE AYITE

Costume Designer

RUI RITA

Lighting Designer

DAN MOSES SCHREIER

Sound Designer

PAUL BYSSAINTHE, JR.

Associate Music Director / Replacement Music Director

JOCELYN CLARKE

Dramaturg

OTIS RAMSEY-ZOE

Dramaturg

TARA RUBIN CASTING CSA

Casting Director

JOSEPH PINZON

Local Casting

RACHAEL DANIELLE ALBERT

Stage Manager

MARNE ANDERSON

Assistant Stage Manager

ALEX MURPHY

Assistant Stage Manager

Multimedia

"Let the Storm Come" from world-premiere musical "American Prophet"
Ken Morris on Frederick Douglass
An interview with Charles Randolph-Wright and Marcus Hummon.

Song Selections

Hear sample music from American Prophet.

In The News

FOX5

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

Playbill

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

Playbill

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