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Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Green

Members say: Funny, Great acting, Dizzying, Intelligent
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North Carolina's StreetSigns and HERE Arts Center present a story of an African American man who exists in five dimensions of the universe at different points in US history.

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This is the first New York outing of 'Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Green,' a collection of five monologues, all highlighting different parts of African American history through the eyes of one man. In each of his incarnations - minstrel, cult leader, FBI informant, struggling actor, out-of-work mortgage broker - Abel finds himself stuck somewhere between the American dream and the American nightmare.


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The New York Times

"This rich and thoughtful solo play is most concerned with intimate self-examination: how to be good to one another within black culture, when the larger culture rewards complicity...Mr. Nicholson transforms from one Abel to the next in front of us, and though he doesn’t quite get his arms around the faith healer, he makes the others distinct and entertaining, each a smart man with the charm to hold a room and the capacity to savor memories of past pleasures." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"Nothing in this 90 minutes is overly flashy, or exceptionally funny, or terribly moving, but it is genuine. It sets out to tell a story, and it tells one. One that may as well be five, or 500, or 5 million. One just as relevant today as yesterday...and even more so tomorrow." Full Review

Village Voice

"You'll find yourself surprised and moved by the stories of struggle collected in Howard L. Craft's incisive one-man play. Directed by Joseph Megel and expertly performed by J. Alphonse Nicholson, 'Freight' captures big historical truths in personal, idiosyncratic tales...Craft's meditation on race in America is clearly timely; what's surprising here is his light touch. Humor and song leaven the evening, and a surreal ending offers an escape from Green's troubled world." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"The story and Abel’s experience would resonate on a much deeper level if some of the text were replaced with more of these visually-powerful moments that are created using other theatrical conventions than the spoken word. The play is dialogue heavy and a bit thin when it comes to theatricality, save for the beautiful transitions." Full Review

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