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Walking the dog Theater


December 8 – 19, 2010


John Morse, Frederick Douglass, 2008, Collage, found papers, 60" x 40. Used with permission of the artist. © John Morse, 2008. Pictured at right is Phil Darius Wallace.

Featuring Phil Darius Wallace
Conceived by Phil Darius Wallace, adapted by Melania Levitsky from text by Frederick Douglass.
Directed by Melania Levitsky
Lighting: Grace Fay
Set & Costume: James Corbett
Music by John McDowell (Composer for the 2004 Academy Award winning documentary, Born Into Brothels)
Vocals by Denise Lock

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Frederick Douglass, an honorable man whose name may be familiar, but whose honorable deeds have been mostly forgotten, was born into slavery on a plantation in Maryland in 1818. He escaped, educated himself, and became a leader in the abolitionist movement, author, orator, social reformer, feminist, statesman, and advisor to President Lincoln. His was a time when the moral compass was defined. His life is a call to action in crucial times. At the end of his life, Douglass said that the struggle was not over, that his transformation from slave to man that was his life, was not finished. With this production, WTD continues that conversation, exploring Douglass' vision of the becoming of America.

 Actor Phil Darius Wallace has written, produced, and toured one-man shows on the life of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Frederick Douglass around the country for many years. His show Malcolm X received rave reviews by the LA Times and LA Weekly. Walking the dog Theater will present this newly created one-man show about one of the most prominent and inspiring figures in American in the intimate setting of the upstairs salon at Space 360. Let Frederick Douglass’ spirit of true humanity inspire your holiday season!  

(Not recommended for children under the age of 14.)

At Space 360, 360 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534
Previews: December 8 & 9
Shows: December 10, 11, 12 & 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
Evening shows at 8 pm. Sunday Matinees at 2 pm. Seating is limited, purchasing tickets early is recommended.

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Info Line and reservations for WTD 2010 Season Members: 518.755.1716

Phil Darius Wallace was born in Flint Michigan. He attended Interlochen Arts Academy where he studied theatrical arts. He then attended SUNY Purchase Theatre Arts School in New York, a school of professional theatre. His first professional role was Caliban in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, which was performed at Michigan’s Shakespeare Festival. Later, he became a company member of Flint Youth Theatre where he performed various children shows. It was during this time that he wrote and produced a one-man show on the life of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Fredrick Douglas. Phil Darius Wallace began touring his one-man shows around the country through mobile productions which has been seen in forty-eight states. The show Malcolm X received rave reviews by the LA Times and LA Weekly. He recently finished shooting the movie Nothing But the Truth with Kate Beckinsale and Matt Dillon. He is currently in post production on his own movie, 100 Lives, which he wrote, directed and produced.










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