Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and The Patterson Foundation To Present Historic Staged Readings

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SRQ DAILY FRIDAY WEEKEND EDITION FRIDAY FEB 14, 2020

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) is pleased to collaborate with The Patterson Foundation to offer three free staged readings of a new one-act play – written by award-winning playwright and educator Beth Duda, who will also direct – "Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, A Walk to Respect." Two readings take place on Wednesday, February 19 and Thursday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Glenridge Performing Arts Center (7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota). An additional reading will take place on Friday, February 21 at 10 am at the Manatee Community Foundation (2820 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton). Black abolitionist leader and former slave, Frederick Douglass, and the 16th President of the United States of America, Abraham Lincoln, clashed in their ideologies regarding race, politics and slavery. Douglass, a true radical with a fiery spirit, believed in racial equality for everyone: he dedicated his life, writings and career to abolishing slavery everywhere. Lincoln – who was cautious and considered – while opposed to slavery was first and foremost a patriot intent on preserving the Union at all costs. These two self-made men – at a time when our divided nation faced annihilation – faced their differences with courage and compassion, forging a friendship that helped to end the Civil War and reunite our nation. Through their own words, explore the walk of these two great American leaders from conflict to understanding.

"At WBTT, our focus continues to be on the African-American experience and topics,” said WBTT executive director Julie Leach. “We are pleased to partner with The Patterson Foundation to explore the remarkable relationship between Lincoln and Douglass. Particularly in today’s highly partisan environment, we feel this material offers important lessons about overcoming differences to achieve a common goal.”

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