Frederick Douglass in his own words

American Prophet

  • Credits

    Music, lyrics and book by Marcus Hummon
    Written and directed by Charles Randolph-Wright

  • Location

    Kreeger Theater

Charles Randolph-Wright (Born For This: The BeBe Winans Story, Broadway’s Motown the Musical) returns to Arena Stage with a ground-breaking musical tribute to Frederick Douglass. Douglass’ own words power the soaring new melodies and original script from Grammy Award-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon and Randolph-Wright. This daring and heart-stirring new work moves through Douglass’ life as a fierce abolitionist and distinguished orator featuring interactions with key figures including President Abraham Lincoln and his own wife, Anna Murray-Douglass, without whom his defiant escape from slavery would not have been possible. Filled with electrifying new songs including “What Does Freedom Look Like,” “We Need a Fire” and “A More Perfect Union,” this world premiere celebrates the enduring legacy of one of history’s first freedom fighters.

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

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World Premiere of American Prophet Musical Announced at Arena Stage