Every week, the culture critics at Token Theatre Friends bring their fresh perspectives to the performing arts on their podcast and video series. You can find the podcast on Spotify, iTunes, and Stitcher (look for the all-red logo). The video series is available on YouTube. The TTF theme song is by Sean Mason (with vocals by Angela Ramos). The video animation is by Brad Ogden, with logos by Jason Simon.
In this episode, Jose talks to Tony winner André De Shields. The legendary performing activist talks about his upcoming performance as Frederick Douglass in Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory.
The piece is part of Flushing Town Hall’s Black History Trilogy, a celebration of Black History Month.
During the conversation, De Shields speaks about the clash of evolution and history, and his role as a messenger. He also talks about the circularity of history and the spirits of the theatre. It’s a delightful talk emboldened by De Shields’ charm and wisdom.