An emotion packed theater experience about the life and times of Civil Rights Activist –William Edward Berghardt Du Bois, (1868-1963). With this riveting drama we are transported into Du Bois’ private and political world. An inspirational journey through almost one hundred years in this great man’s life. An experience both humorous, touching and enlightening.
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. 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, 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.
Written and Directed by Alexa Kelly and featuring Brian Richardson as DuBois. Costumes–Terry Leong (Conan O’Brian Show)
“A unique and amazing experience” –Time Out, London
“Alexa Kelly’s well-written script is compelling…Richardson moves it to dazzling success”–David Roberts, Theatre Reviews Limited
“Truly absorbing. A bravura performance!” Informed Edinburgh
“The most surprising and insightful evening I’ve had in the theatre this season.” David Rothenberg, WBAI Radio