Part of FringeNYC: "Heartwarming and inspirational!" A vibrant, passionate journey through the 95 years of his tumultuous life and times. This great Civil Rights Activist, born 1868, brought to life by this critically acclaimed performance. "History cannot ignore Du Bois!" Martin Luther King. More…
Categories: Drama, Solo Show, Local. From Pulse Ensemble Theatre. Written by Alexa Kelly. Directed by Alexa Kelly.
FROM THE ARTIST:
William Edward Berghardt Du Bois, a black American born 3 years after Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, just after the Civil War, broke all boundaries: he was the first black student to graduate from Harvard, the first black Sociologist, he studied in Europe, ran for senator, co-founded the NAACP, participated in the founding of the United Nations, fought tirelessly for Civil Rights for all people, and anti-lynching laws. He lived to see segregation declared unconstitutional. He died in Africa -- on the eve of Dr. Martin Luther King's March on Washington. Dr. King held a moment of silence for him.
Dr. Du Bois believed in women's rights, and the right for all people to have work, free education and medical coverage. Indeed if it were not for McCarthy having accused Du Bois of being a Communist, in the McCarthy witch hunts, ( he was acquitted!) the name of Dr. Du Bois would be as famous in America as that of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who said of his mentor "History cannot ignore W.E.B. DU BOIS".
Du Bois life was an epic saga of love and loss which gives a moving dimension to the story of this outsized, impressive public man. An emotion packed theatre experience.
After its critically acclaimed tour at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 20 performances at the V & A Museum, London, and a tour of Holland in 2013 were there was a command performance for Queen Beatrix, the show has been a part of many local events and celebrations: 50th Anniversary of Du Bois' death (August 27th, 2012), the 50th Anniversary of The March on Washington, (August 28th, 2013), and the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation Act (January 1, 2013).
Du Bois was born on February 23, 1868, in Gt. Barrington, MA. 2015 marked his 146th Birthday anniversary, where this play was featured.
The critically acclaimed actor, BRIAN RICHARDSON plays Dr. Du Bois and the many other characters in the show.
See it if you want to learn a LOT about this important figure in American history and enjoy a powerful and passionate one-man performance
Don't see it if exposition bothers you. There's a lot of "then I went here" and "after that, I..."
See it if You love brilliant theatre, written and acted to excellent standards. Learning about historical figures via theatre.
Don't see it if You enjoy uncomplicated, linear story structure, or conventional plots involving fictional personages.
See it if You are drawn to historical drama, appreciate powerful solo performances, have an interest in the lives of major black Americans.
Don't see it if You suffer from A.D.D., as you may be overwhelmed by some of Du Bois' public addresses.
See it if You'd enjoy a bravura performance that also provides an incisive look at the U.S. Black experience
Don't see it if You don't like checking out well-performed, well-staged one-man shows with a point.
See it if You want to learn about someone well known but unsung in popular culture. An important account of what adversity a Human being can endure.
Don't see it if you feel the subject matter would make you so uncomfortable that you'd inadvertently ruin the experience for your fellow audience members.
See it if You are passionate about education and passionate about human rights and want to see some beautiful acting and staging.
Don't see it if You are not prepared to listen. This play deserves your full attention!
See it if You want to see great acting and script writing. Really knocked me out on many levels -riveting, emotional, relevant, historical. See it!
Don't see it if nothing...go see it. It's amazing! Brian Richardson takes you on a roller coaster of emotions and delivers solid character development.
See it if You love a gripping, educational, wonderfully performed, one-man show.
Don't see it if You do not like seeing an amazing performance.
See it if you want to experience great writing and splendid acting! An historic look at a true civil rights leader.
Don't see it if Just go see it! You will not regret it.