SMC’s Informal Seminar Curriculum Presents "Frederick Douglass Now"

Obie-Award winning actor Roger Guenveur Smith performing "Frederick Douglass Now," a monologue inspired by the life and work of the self-liberated abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The production is a presentation of SMC's Informal Curriculum Series.

Saint Mary’s College Presents Frederick Douglass Now, with Obie Award–winning actor Roger Guenveur Smith in a monologue inspired by the life and work of the self-liberated abolitionist and pioneering feminist Frederick Douglass. Hosted through the Informal Curriculum Series of Saint Mary’s hallmark academic program Collegiate Seminar, Frederick Douglass Now will be held at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2019, in the LeFevre Theatre on Saint Mary’s campus, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga, Calif. 94575.

In Frederick Douglass Now, Smith has edited Douglass’ classic 19th century texts into a jazz-infused narrative bookended by original writing to produce a vital work of theatrical commentary on America, then and now. 

An internationally acclaimed actor, writer, and director, Smith has a prolific body of work on the stage and screen. A longtime collaborator of director Spike Lee, Smith has appeared in Lee’s Oscar-nominated Do the Right Thing, as well as in School DazeMalcolm XGet on the BusHe Got GameSummer of Sam, and Chi-Raq. Together, they adapted Smith’s Obie Award–winning solo performance of A Huey P. Newton Story into a Peabody Award–winning telefilm.

Post Show Discussion
A post show discussion with Roger Guenveur Smith will follow the one-hour performance, in the Saint Mary’s Faculty Staff Dining Room (at approximately 5:30 p.m.).  Both events are free but require an admission ticket. For ticket availability, contact Seminar Informal Curriculum Coordinator Tiffany Denman at tns1@stmarys-ca.edu. Reservations are not necessary for most Informal Curriculum events; however, reservations are recommended for the workshops (which have a participant cap) and whenever faculty assigns an entire class to attend as a group.

About the Informal Curriculum
The Collegiate Seminar’s Informal Curriculum enriches and expands the Seminar experience through lectures, colloquia, performances, and workshops. Inviting Saint Mary’s faculty, visiting scholars, and guest artists to share their expertise and artistry, the Informal Curriculum stimulates informed, complex, and personal responses to Seminar texts. By making spaces in which all members of the Saint Mary’s community can gather to discuss questions both timeless and timely, the Informal Curriculum fosters the kind of inclusive and collegial conversation that is essential to liberal education and to civil participation in a democracy.