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Solas Nua’s THE FREDERICK DOUGLASS PROJECT at The Yards Marina

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Solas Nua, the DC-based organization bringing Irish contemporary arts state-side, has gone back two hundred years to find inspiration for its upcoming production, The Frederick Douglass Project. Commissioned to commemorate Douglass’ bicentennial, the production explores the abolitionist and leader’s 1845 visit to Ireland.

Non-historians and historians alike may be surprised to learn about this piece of the Douglass story, but it is unquestionably one of the most significant chapters in his life. On the heels of the publication of his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Douglass traveled to Europe, spending six months touring Ireland in what would turn out to be the early days of the “Great Hunger” (1845-1849).

It was in Ireland that Douglass would come into his own, hone his skills as orator and leader, free from the constant fear of retribution, which he lived under in the United States. Douglass would write to William Lloyd Garrison that in Ireland, he was “not treated as a color, but as a man”. Inspired by the words of those advocating for Catholic Emancipation in Ireland, particularly Arthur O’Connor and Daniel O’Connell, Douglass grew to appreciate the power of language and vocabulary in the struggle for human rights.

The Frederick Douglass Project explores this unique period in Douglass’ life through the work of two esteemed playwrights, Psalmayene 24 (“An Eloquent Fugitive Slave Flees to Ireland”) and Deirdre Kinahan (“Wild Notes”), and through the blending of both African American and Irish cultures. For Psalmayene 24, this project is about more than the retelling of history. It is about busting open the box, both figuratively and literally. Leaving behind the well-known image of Douglass as a white-haired statesman

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We are still adding and confirming more events, including events to celebrate Octavia Butler’s Birthday, a MahoganyBooks Masterclass for Self-Publishing Creatives, and a meet-up for the Well-Read Black Girl book club.

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Storytelling Classes at Anacostia Arts Center

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This class runs from Thursday May 2 through May 30 from 7-10pm and is for residents of Wards 7 and 8 ONLY.
 
We are excited to return to the Anacostia Arts Center on MAY 2 to bring Story District’s popular five-week storytelling intensive to residents of Wards 7 and 8.  In this interactive class, you’ll learn the fundamentals of good storytelling and work on a story of your own over the course of the program in preparation for a final public performance. We will take you step-by-step through the process of how to identify and talk about meaningful narrative events in your life in a way that is entertaining and inspiring to the audience. These stories are personal, heartfelt, and demand that the storyteller be honest with yourself and an audience.
Thanks to a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, this class can be offered free to residents of Wards 7 and 8. A $100 registration fee is required to hold a space in the class. Upon succesful completion of the class, this registration fee will be automatically refunded in full. We do this because it’s important that we have a group that is committed to taking the whole course.  While each individual will get something out of this process, the real magic happens within the dynamics of the group — one that is collaborative, supportive, and committed to everyone’s success. Each class builds upon the previous one and there is limited space.
Questions? Email info@storydistrict.org

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