American Prophet is the story of Frederick Douglass and his relationship with three prophetic characters: abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, extremist John Brown, and President Abraham Lincoln.  The story explores how Douglass embraced and rejected aspects of each of these towering figures and emerged as a unique prophetic figure who helped defeat the South, end slavery, and fulminate for full equality for African American.  American Prophet honors and celebrates Douglass' relationship with his formidable and loving wife Anna Murray, a heroic but largely ignored figure, at times even demeaned by historians.

All photos by Margot Schulman from 2022 Arena Stage production

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Cornelius Smith, Jr. as Frederick Douglass.  

About
American Prophet

Cornelius Smith, Jr. and Chris Roberts as Frederick Douglass and John Brown

 
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Cornelius Smith, Jr. as Frederick Douglass with cast of American Prophet

 
Kristolyn Lloyd as
Anna Murray Douglass

 
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Cornelius Smith, Jr. as Frederick Douglass with cast of American Prophet

 
Thomas Adrian Simpson as William Lloyd Garrison and Cornelius Smith, Jr. as Frederick Douglass

 
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Kristolyn Lloyd as Anna Murray Douglass and Cornelius Smith, Jr. as Frederick Douglass

Cornelius Smith, Jr. as Frederick Douglass with cast of American Prophet

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