Avalon Theatre Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 7 PM - Free and Open to the Public
Acclaimed across the nation for his portrayal of Frederick Douglass, Fred Morsell will take center stage at the Avalon Theatre on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 7 pm. His professional acting career spans more than thirty-eight years, and includes seasons with the Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, The Repertory of Theatre, The New York Shakespeare Festival, the McCarter Theatre of Princeton, and other theatres throughout America, where, among other roles both on and off Broadway in numerous plays, and musicals. He has anextensive background in film and television including credits for his role of Frederick Douglass in the CBS Bi-Centennial production, WE, THE WOMEN, as well as appearances in HILL STREET BLUES, L.A. LAW, SCARECROW and MRS. KING, and soap operas such as GENERAL HOSPITAL, ANOTHER WORLD, and ONE LIFE TO LIVE. A lyric baritone, Mr. Morsell has sung leading roles in 21 operas. For several years in Los Angeles, Mr. Morsell was the weekend announcer for the Los Angeles PBS Affiliate, KCET.
Mr. Morsell began studying Frederick Douglass in 1984. After reading Douglass’ autobiography, the “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave”, Morsell was overwhelmed. “It read like a screenplay, because Douglass’ description of the events of his were so visually intense and dramatic the images literally jumped off the pages at me. His life is such an inspiration, I knew I needed to share his words and life wherever and whenever I could.”
During his 90- minute one-man stage performance, Mr. Morsell portrays Frederick Douglass and shares in Douglass’ eloquent words his life from a young slave to one of the most influential men of his time.