André De Shields is Frederick Douglass: Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory
In commemoration of Juneteenth, Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner and Hadestown star André De Shields performs an excerpt from his self-crafted solo work “Frederick Douglass: Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory.” The one-man show explores the life and achievements of the great emancipator Frederick Douglass.
“Though Douglass began his life as a slave, through heroic effort, he became one of America’s most important and historically influential icons,” said De Shields. “Frederick Douglass: Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory” tells a story about brutality and deliverance that is implausible yet historically accurate. De Shields portrays the Great Black Emancipator with a performance that is as filled with hope and achievement as it is darkness and anger.
“André De Shields is a Broadway Deity.” – New York Magazine
“André De Shields is a national treasure.” – The New Yorker
The show opens with a Gospel Juneteenth Presentation by Chuk Fowler and Company. With images, words, and songs such as “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, Fowler and company invite audiences to reflect on Juneteenth.