cruel slave master, and finally Douglass as a free adult. These characters combined proves to be a mesmerizing show. The performance includes music, dancing, singing, monologues and poetry.
The most powerful message delivered in the story is how education completely transformed Frederick Douglass’ life.
You will be transfixed by the variety in Frederick Douglass’ story. It is an opportunity to meet a man who was an American abolitionist, editor, orator, author, statesman and reformer through the talent of actor Phil Darius Wallace.
Meet Phil Darius Wallace
Phil Darius Wallace began his training as an actor and received his degree from Interlochen Arts Academy. Interlochen has had more Presidential Scholars in the Arts than any other high school in the United States. He furthered his education in theater at SUNY Purchase College in New York.
Wallace’s first professional acting job was with the Michigan Shakespeare Festival playing the role of Caliban in “The Tempest”. He then became a company member at the Attic Theater in Detroit touring the school system performing “A People Could Fly”. At Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, he appeared in the plays “Dream Girls”, “As You Like It”, “Smokey Joe’s Café” and “Hair”.
His first one man show about Malcom X, which he wrote and directed in 1991, toured in forty-two states. Phil spent the next twenty years in Los Angeles working in film and television. His role in the 1994 movie Dairy of a Blade was well received in the acting community. In 2001, he wrote his next two one man shows on Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King and toured in forty-eight states. His most recent accomplishment is the film, 100 Lives which he wrote, directed and produced. It is set for release in 2008.
A very moving performance that stays with you long after the lights come back on. Christian Brothers University, Memphis,Tn
Beswick 1 Media Management was proud to work with the Stax Music Academy in their annual production at the Germantown Performing Arts Center in surburban Memphis TN.
The production, "Hey Sista, Soul Sista," was a tribute to the divas of soul, r&b, jazz, and pop. The show paid tribute to Patti Labelle & LaBelle, Phyllis Hyman, Whitney Houston, Ella Fitzgerald, Tina Turner, Jennifer Holiday, Gladys Knight & the Pips & Diana Ross, to name a few. Beswick 1 Media Management provided stage management, costume designing, logistics, and choreographic direction. The show also featured special guest, the legendary Candi Staton.