THEATRE    Fully Staged Play
Lost in the Woods Playwrights presents
By Fred Cooprider
Director: Fred Cooprider                                 
Producers: Fred Cooprider & Paul Bright
Videographer/Filmmaker: Jeff Scott Taylor

FESTIVAL DATES: streaming on-demand Jan 27 – Feb 6 
TICKETS: Donations accepted through Venmo @ FRED-COOPRIDER
50% of contributions to be donated to Self Enhancement, Inc. of Portland. Self Enhancement, Inc (SEI) is dedicated to guiding underserved youth to realize their full potential. 50% to offset production expenses, humbly accepted on Venmo, @FRED-COOPRIDER

Frederick Douglass and John Brown were dedicated to the abolition of slavery. In late August, 1859, Brown invited Frederick Douglass and Shields Green, a fugitive slave, to meet him and his lieutenant, John Henry Kagi, at an abandoned stone quarry in Chambersburg, PA. The play opens at the stone quarry, and Brown soon reveals to Douglass his plan to attack and hold the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry and asks Douglass to join him. Sparks and recriminations fly as they debate the folly or merits of Brown’s plan. Scenes are also set at the raid, Brown’s trial, and Brown’s execution. The play’s denouement is a speech given by Douglass praising Brown as a martyr to the cause of freedom. Though this is an historical play, I believe it has relevance to the continuing struggles against racism faced by the USA today.