Klein History Theater presents:

Educational plays about the lives, struggles, and triumphs of influential figures in American history.


Frederick Douglass: An American Slave

Written by Daniel Campagna

Monday, February 11, 2019


Coming in February for Black History Month: Klein History Theater debuts a one-man play about Frederick Douglass, a leader of the abolitionist movement. Starring professional actor Tenisi Davis.

This play has been performed in theaters and venues across the country, including at the Douglass home in Washington D.C.

Each play runs approximately 70 minutes, and a Q&A will follow the show. The performances are recommended for middle & high school students. Tickets are $10 each, $9 for groups of 20-49, and $8.50 for groups of 50 or more.


Each ticket also includes a free study guide for classroom use.

Students can start arriving as early as 9:45am. It is recommended to arrive between 9:45 and 10:00.


To reserve seats, please contact Jeanette at the Box Office at (800) 424-0160 x2 option 3.

About Tenisi Davis


Tenisi Davis is a versatile actor who has performed in theater, film and network television projects. Most recently he made guest appearances in such series as NBC’s Manifest, Blue Bloodson CBS and Daredevilon Netflix.  On stage he has performed at the Shubert Theater in New Haven, National Black Theater in New York City, Collective Consciousness Theater, Studio 54 and Capital Classics in Hartford.  He made his Klein acting debut on our stage in late 2017 in the Emerging Voices production of Trumpednotized.


A native of Bridgeport and graduate of Harding High School, Tenisi received his formal training in the theater arts program at Housatonic Community College, as well as Performing Arts Center of Connecticut and the Alvin Ailey Foundation.


We are honored to bring him back to The Klein in this 1-man show about Frederick Douglass as part of the Klein History Theater series.


Kevin Miller, about starring in Ben:

"What an honor and privilege to portray this legendary, historic figure. A recent excursion to Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia allowed me the opportunity to enter HIS time. Not only his time, but also to walk where he walked, and to be in the exact hallowed rooms where he ate, drank, told stories, and most certainly belly laughed. I hope that you enjoy learning about the man that I have learned to love portraying. Mr. Ben Franklin."

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