World Premiere Tea with Frederick Douglass goes viral. A professional videographer captures Maurice Tucker’s compelling performance of Frederick Douglass in Shav’on Smith’s one-man play created especially for Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion. We expect to host this world premiere via Vimeo sometime this fall. Watch for updates!

In 1844, at the age of 26, Frederick Douglass was invited by abolitionists to speak on the lawn of Independence Hall. Douglass had a natural connection with Philadelphia as this was the first Northern city he came to upon his escape. It is a testament to Douglass’ courage that he came to Philadelphia, so close to his old master’s state of Maryland, to give this speech.

In the Fall of 2020, Douglass will return to Philadelphia in a one-man show based on one of his most famous speeches. Audience members will have the opportunity to watch and participate as Douglass struggles with the concept of “independence” as it applies to enslaved Africans.

Philadelphia actor, Maurice Tucker, portrays Frederick Douglass.

Written and directed by Shav’on Smith

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