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  Frederick Douglass:
A One-Man Play
Written and Performed
by James C. Roberts

The play runs for about an hour,
there will be no intermission.
We will hold a 15 minute
Q & A after the show. 

James C. Roberts, a Philadelphia native and a graduate of Temple University’s School of Communications and Theatre, based this play on the 1881 autobiography, The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass. The play traces Douglass’ life from his early years as a slave on the Eastern Shore of Maryland through the end of the Civil War and the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
Douglass was born on February 14, 1817 and died in Washington, DC on February 20, 1895. He was grossly mistreated as a slave until he escaped to New York City in 1838. He then settled in New Bedford, Massachusetts where became an eloquent and forceful leader in the antislavery movement. Throughout his life he advocated for voting rights for women and African Americans---as well as independence for Ireland from the British Empire.
The Frederick Douglass play is an opportunity to show people of all ages, races, genders and economic backgrounds the personal experience of an extraordinary individual and his ability to overcome one of history’s most horrific institutions, American Slavery, through self-education and self-empowerment.
According to Douglass himself “The whole progress of human history shows that if there is no struggle there is no progress. The struggle may be moral or physical It may be both. Power concedes noting without a demand. It never has, and it never will.”
 Frederick Douglass
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James C. Roberts

James' acting credits:
Choir Boy,
The Happiest Song Plays Last,
Water by the Spoonful,
(Featured Male Po`okela)

James  is a graduate of Temple University's School of Communications and Theater and has extensive experience in stage, film, television and radio. He is also a playwright who has performed his one-man play Frederick Douglass for many years on the U.S. Mainland and in Hawaii.