‘Frederick Douglass: An American Slave’ onstage at Bridgeport’s The Klein
“Frederick Douglass: An American Slave” will be onstage at The Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport, Thursday, Feb. 6. This powerful one-man play, starring Bridgeport native Tenisi Davis, has been performed across the country, including at the Douglass home in Washington, DC.
Davis is known for his work in theater, film and television, with recent appearances on such shows as NBC’s “Manifest” and the CBS series “Blue Bloods,” as well as Netflix’s “Daredevil.”
Douglass, born in 1818, was a Maryland slave who escaped and became a leader of the abolitionist movement. He was known as a great speaker and writer, and continued to push for equality and human rights until his death in 1895.
“Frederick Douglass: An American Slave” is part of the Klein History Theater series. “Celebrate Black History Month and discover the world of one of the prominent leaders of the abolitionist movement,” The Klein says. “It’s a revealing look at who Frederick Douglass was as a man, beyond him as a historical figure.”
The podium used in the set is the same podium Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at in 1961. (Dr. King spoke at The Klein twice, in 1961 and 1964, according to the theater’s executive director, Laurence Caso.)
Davis is a graduate of Bullard-Havens Technical High School in Bridgeport. He received formal training in the theater arts program at Housatonic Community College, as well as Performing Arts Center of Connecticut and the Alvin Ailey Foundation.
This 60-minute show, recommended for ages 10 and up, was written by Daniel S. Campagna, Ph.D., and is directed by Maureen Hamill. Two performances will be offered and audience members are invited to a post-show Q&A with Davis, Campagna, Hamill, author and historian Christine Kinealy, and Craig Kelly, a collector of slave artifacts.
The Klein Memorial Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport. Thursday, Feb. 6, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. $10. To reserve tickets to the morning show for schools and groups, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Group discounts available. 800-424-0160 ext. 2.