Rated 5.0

Playwright Rick Foster goes back to the real beginning of the civil rights movement with the story of the unusual friendship between two icons of the anti-slavery movement. Black abolitionist Frederick Douglass (Levi Lowe) and white abolitionist John Brown (Thomas F. Maguire) were united in the desire to end slavery and secure the rights of citizenship to African Americans, but each proposed different ways of achieving it—Brown wanted to provoke with violence, Douglass with nonviolent means. Eventually, each got his way. Thu 8pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm; Through 2/3; $10-$20; Celebration Arts, 2727 B St.; (916) 455-2787, celebrationarts.net. J.C.