February 24 2017

Frederick Douglass: The Making of an American Prophet

Marble Church
Friday, February 24, 2017
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

This powerful play, in the form of a concert theatrical, tells the story of Douglass' early years as a slave and his transformation into one of America's greatest social reformers. Bakari King stars as Frederick Douglass, along with supporting ensemble.

Adapted by Grammy-Award winning composer Marcus Hummon.

Admission is FREE

Marcus Hummon is a Grammy-award winning songwriter, recording artist, producer, studio musician, playwright and author. His county discography reads like a “who’s who” list of country notables over the last two decades – Rascal Flatts, Garth Brooks, The Dixie Chicks, Brooks and Dunn, Tim McGraw, Wynonna, Sara Evans, Patty Lovelace, just to name a few. Some of his hits include standards like “God Bless the Broken Road,” “Born to Fly,” and “Cowboy Take Me Away.” As a recording artist and multi-instrumentalist, Hummon released the critically acclaimed country record All in Good Time, as well as Supernatural and Rosanna. He has also written a children’s book called Anytime, Anywhere, a book of poetry titled Gospel Haiku, and six musicals and two operas. He has also written the score for the documentary The Last Songwriter.

For his latest project, Frederick Douglass: The Making of an American Prophet, Hummon found inspiration in Douglass's autobiography: "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave." Says Hummon, "People sometimes describe the quintessential American story as rags to riches -- the story of a self-made man. With Frederick Douglass we have a deeper American success story; from slave to a president's confidante, a successful author, a celebrated orator, a statesman and social reformer. In the tradition of prophets who speak truth that transcends the time they live in, Douglass has a lot to say to us today." Kenneth Morris, a Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington descendant, commented on Hummon's work adding, "I am honored that Mr. Hummon created this concert adaptation of the life of my great ancestor, Frederick Douglass. It is extraordinary that the legacy of the former slave-turned-statesman continues to inspire people all over the world today.

Hummon lives in Nashville with his wife, Becca Stevens, and their three sons Levi, Caney and Moses and his currently working on his memoirs.

Bakari King (Frederick Douglass) is most proud of his lead in The Making of an American Prophet written by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon. King, originally from Chicago, IL, is an actor, choreographer, and director now living in Nashville, TN. Among the many roles he has played are Jim in Big River, Colehouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime, and Lucien P. Smith in Boys Next Door. He has worked in regional theatre, including Derby Dinner Playhouse, Music Theatre of Louisville, and Nashville Repertory Theatre, to name just a few. He was recently fortunate to be director, choreographer, and actor in a wonderful presentation of Beauty and the Beast produced in conjunction with Youth About Business of Nashville, TN. He received his B.S. in Theatre from Faulkner University. King is also currently a Middle Theatre teacher at University School of Nashville. As an educator, he is proud to take on the responsibility of becoming Frederick Douglass and the importance of telling the next generation how their path of success is paved by the footsteps of this great American hero. “Knowledge unfits a child to be a slave.” – Frederick Douglass

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