by Deirdre Kinahan & Psalmayene 24
The Frederick Douglass Project - a conversation with the creative team • October 22, 2020
Celebrating Black History Month in Ireland and the 175th anniversary of Frederick Douglass’s tour of the island, Solas Nua, in association with the Embassy of Ireland Washington DC, hosts a look back on our award-winning production of The Frederick Douglass Project.
About the Play
THE FREDERICK DOUGLAS PROJECT by Deirdre Kinahan & Psalmayene 24
For the first time in DC history, Solas Nua brought a theatre production to The Yard's Marina. Situated on the Anacostia River, this site-specific play overlooked Douglass' historic home at Cedar Hill.
The production was listed as The Washington Post’s “Best Theatre of 2018” (article) and earned a Helen Hayes Award Recommendation.
Staged on a pier at the Marina, this play was commissioned by Solas Nua to commemorate Frederick Douglass' 1845 voyage to Ireland and the bicentennial of his birth. The production featured live music, hip hop, and dancing in an innovative blend of African American and Irish culture.
Directed by Raymond O. Caldwell
Choreography: Tiffany Quinn
Scenic Design: Jonathan Dahm Roberston
Lighting Design: Marianne Meadows
Costume Design: Danielle Preston
Music Director: Michael Winch
Dramaturg/Dialect Coach: Rex Daugherty
The cast took home the Helen Hayes Award for OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE