Sunday, June 24th, 6 p.m.
Obie Award-winning theater artist Roger Guenveur Smith returns to New Orleans with the local premiere of FREDERICK DOUGLASS NOW. Smith’s interpretation of Douglass’ classic 19th century texts casts the abolitionist and pioneering feminist in a contemporary light, illumin…ating the continuing struggle against racism, sexism, and economic deprivation.
Smith’s other stage credits include A HUEY P. NEWTON STORY, which he adapted into a Peabody Award-winning telefilm directed by Spike Lee, after an acclaimed run at CAC; and, with Mark Broyard, the New Orleans-inspired INSIDE THE CREOLE MAFIA, also at CAC, and most recently, at Dillard University, with music by Branford Marsalis. Roger’s extensive work on screen includes DO THE RIGHT THING, MALCOLM X, GET ON THE BUS, HE GOT GAME, EVE’S BAYOU, DEEP COVER, KING OF NEW YORK, ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS, MOOZ-LUM, and AMERICAN GANGSTER, for which he was nominated for the Screen Actors’ Guild Award.
Television viewers know him from the HBO series OZ, K STREET, and UNCHAINED MEMORIES: READINGS FROM THE SLAVE NARRATIVES.