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“Frederick Douglass, No Turning Back”
Was chosen for...
The National Black Theater Festival
August 4-6 in North Carolina
The National Black Theater Festival chose the highly acclaimed theater production, "Frederick Douglass, No Turning Back", to be one of thirty events in their 2022 week-long festival. Starring New York actor, Kyle Taylor, adapted, directed and produced by Chris Weatherhead, the one act play, takes place in 1872 in an integrated church in western Ohio.
“It was a great honor to be invited to this wonderful festival,” Chris Weatherhead said. “I spent years researching the electrifying journey of Frederick Douglass, his escape from slavery and astounding achievements as a major leader of our society and culture. His contributions as an inspirational Christian lecturer, philosopher and newspaper editor can hardly be measured for their benefits to the heart and soul of America,” she added.
Kyle Taylor received high acclaim for his creation of Mr. Douglass in 2017 at Piccolo Spoleto Theatre Festival in Charleston South Carolina and touring since. The video of his performance has won four international film awards.
Kyle Taylor on portraying Mr. Douglass:
“As an actor, playing Mr. Douglass is not only one of the most humbling and courageous experiences of my life, but I am reminded that portraying this giant of a man also gives me a voice and a position to seek higher ground in terms of my contributions to remind America of its greatness. Playing Frederick makes me want his approval and a place beside God as one of his warriors for justice and righteousness. It makes me stand a little taller.”
OUR NEW Addition to the live show... SANDRA S. BARNHARDT (incidental music, soloist/ vocal coach), brings nearly 60 years of an illustrious career as musician and music educator, including Director of Vocal Music at Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts in New Jersey, performing internationally with renowned artists, Minister of Music for St. Matthew AME Church in Orange, NJ, where her Male Choir traveled the US and internationally. They won a Regional Emmy for a documentary, “The Sons of Thunder." In Charleston, South Carolina, Mrs. Barnhardt has been the Asst. Minister of Music at Ebenezer AME Church and Minister of Music at Bethel AME Church in Ravenel, SC. She is the former Music Director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Gospel Choir, which performed across the region and in London, Paris, and Ghana, West Africa.
CHRIS WEATHERHEAD (compiler/director/producer) Ms. Weatherhead recently co-wrote, directed and produced the award-winning film, John Laurens’ War. A thirty-year veteran in film, TV, New York theater, and regional theater in America, Chris currently directs, produces and coaches actors and screenwriters. Ms. Weatherhead directed the feature film, All For Liberty, which has won nine international film festival awards and was recently named one of Top Ten Revolutionary War Movies by the Journal of the American Revolution. Off-Broadway. Chris starred in Table Settings for two years with Brent Spiner in James Lapine’s major hit and created the role of Alicia Van Dine for two years on ABC’s daytime series, Edge of Night, among other roles for daytime and prime time TV series, including Dallas,Our Family Honor and Moonlighting. Chris has directed or produced 92 productions over 25 years for ATSC and has won numerous film awards.
young, old, and those with disabilities….can inspire
everyone to overcome adversity…Fantastic!
ME Jones, a Grandmother, S.C.
"…great actors bringing our history alive!…so inspiring!
wild stories about sacrifice and courage.”
Deirdre Smith Weber, California educator
“…some great patriots who shaped US History…from
American Revolution to Robert Kennedy in 1968…
captures the spirit of American freedom…students to
seniors,"Calls…" is entertaining & educational!
We recommend it!” John Hall, Hall Foundation, Ohio
“Great heroes!…many “teachable” moments for families!
…a reminder how our country has thrived through wars
by helping each other." Hannah & David, Parents, N.C.
“…looks and sounds fabulous, even on my phone!
You meet some unknown heroes and hear amazing
adventures…”High School Educator, SC
Patrick Henry, John Featherston, Emily Geiger, John Laurens,
Mary Tenor, Peter Harris (Catawba warrior), Captain Henry Felder,
Rebecca Motte, Daniel Morgan, Abe Lincoln, Frederick Douglass,
Teddy Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Robert Kennedy
Clarence Felder, Randal Lee Jr., Myra Jones, Robbin Knight, Chris Weatherhead, Kyle Taylor, Michelle Warren, David Loar,
Karen DeLoach, Dante Rollerson, Scholars, Damon L. Fordham
& Alexia Jones Helsley, with Cinematography by Trevor Erickson,
Sound Design, Jay Miley, Director, Chris Weatherhead
LENGTH: 90 min. - Recommended for adults & youth age 10+
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Alexia Jones Helsley,
historian, archivist and author, is currently Senior Instructor in History and university archivist at USC Aiken. Her favorite publications include Beaufort: a history; South Carolinians in the War for American Independence; Wicked Columbia: Vice & Villainy in SC’s Capital, and Wicked Edisto: the dark side of Eden.
Recipient of the Governor’s Archives Award, Helsley chairs the SC Old Exchange Commission, is Vice-President of the SC Historical Association, and is an advisor to the Historic Flat Rock Foundation.