July 15 – August 28, 2022
Charles Randolph-Wright (Arena’s Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story, Broadway’s Motown the Musical) returns to Arena Stage with a groundbreaking musical powered by Frederick Douglass’ own speeches and writings. Coupled with soaring new melodies and an original script from Grammy Award-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon and Randolph-Wright, Douglass rises as a fierce abolitionist and distinguished orator. Filled with an electrifying new score, this world premiere celebrates the revolutionary legacy of one of history’s first freedom fighters, whose fire is needed now more than ever.
American Prophet is made possible through generous funding from Exelon.
American Prophet is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.
This production is sponsored by AARP, Dan and Gloria Logan, and Tiffeny Sanchez and Reg Brown with additional support from Andrew R. Ammerman, Judith N. Batty, The Drutz Family Fund for Musical Theater, GEICO , Dr. Donald Wallace Jones, Dr. Betty Jean Tolbert Jones and Tracey Tolbert Jones, PNC, R. Lucia Riddle, and David Bruce Smith and The Grateful American Foundation.
Special thanks to Sandy and Jon Willen.