On Monday, September 8, 2014, Two-time Tony Nominee and Emmy winner André De Shields performs his solo show, FREDERICK DOUGLASS: Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory, at Warren Enters Theatre, Upton Hall, SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14201, at 7:00 PM, as part of AFP 2014: Change Through Stories, the annual conference of The Anne Frank Project (AFP). Call 716-878-5559, email email@example.com or click here to R.S.V.P for tickets.
A story about brutality and deliverance—implausible yet historically accurate—that will captivate you with a slave ballet, hand-to-hand combat and impassioned singing. These are but a few of the elements that make up the journey from human bondage to freedom experienced by the young Douglass as performed by De Shields in his self-crafted solo performance depicting the Great Black Emancipator: FREDERICK DOUGLASS: My Eyes Have Seen The Glory. Gripping shackles, De Shields infuses his performance with dance, song and rousing spoken word as he transforms from embittered and illiterate slave to America’s incomparable orator and abolitionist right before the eyes of his audience. As performed by De Shields, Douglass’ ultimate escape from chains to freedom is full of hope and achievement as it is darkness and anger.
On Tuesday, September 9, 2014, De Shields will give a talk on The Wisdome of the Ancient Art of Storytelling in the Donald Savage Theatre from 9:25 AM – 11:05 AM.
In a career spanning more than forty years, André De Shields has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, choreographer and educator. He is best known for his show stopping performances in the original Broadway productions of four legendary musicals: THE FULL MONTY, for which he received Tony, Drama Desk and Astaire Award nominations, in addition to both the Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards; PLAY ON! (Tony nomination), AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ (Emmy Award) and THE WIZ (title role). De Shields is the recipient of the 2012 Fox Foundation Fellowship/Distinguished Achievement, 2009 National Black Theatre Festival Living Legend Award, and the 2007 Village Voice OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance.
As an educator, Mr. De Shields has served as Visiting Artist/Lecturer, SUNY-Buffalo State College; Harold ClurmanVisiting Professor, CUNY-Hunter College; Adjunct Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU; Adjunct Professor, School of Education, Health, Nursing and Arts Professions (SEHNAP), NYU; Distinguished Visiting Professor, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas, TX; Algur H. Meadows Distinguished Visiting Professor (SMU); DR. Martin Luther King Jr.-Rosa Parks-Cesar Chavez Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; Distinguished Visiting Professor, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, among others. He has taught a wide variety of courses ranging from Shakespeare to Masterpieces of Western Literature to Musical Theatre and an interdisciplinary arts workshop in Extreme Performance: From Ancient Africa to Postmodern America.
De Shields is currently in rehearsal for the world premiere new musical The Fortress of Solitude, a co-production with Dallas Theater Center and The Public Theater in New York City, which will have performances at The Public, September 30 – November 2, 2014. The Fortress of Solitude is based on the nationally best-selling novel of the same name by 2005 MacArthur Fellow Jonathan Lethem. The musical is conceived and directed by Daniel Aukin, with a book by Itamar Moses, and music and lyrics by Michael Friedman (Love’s Labour’s Lost, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson). The Fortress of Solitude is the extraordinary coming-of-age story about 1970s Brooklyn and beyond — of black and white, soul and rap, block parties and blackouts, friendship and betrayal, comic books and 45s. And the story of what would happen if two teenagers obsessed with superheroes believed that maybe, just maybe, they could fly.
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The Anne Frank Project (AFP) provides tools and vocabulary for conflict resolution, community building, and identity exploration through story-building. Multiple local, national and international initiatives provide a forum for honoring the life of Anne Frank as inspiration for a peaceful world, continuing to tell the stories of victims of injustice and exploring innovations in Human Rights education. It is a forum for artists, scholars, community leaders, and activists to tell stories that inspire change, engage people in the lessons of those stories, and provide tools and vocabulary that encourage people to change their world. www.annefrankproject.buffalostate.edu
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