Splittin' the Raft
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Aldo Billingslea as Frederick Douglass in Splittin' the Raft by Scott Kaiser.
Chapter One. You don’t know about me, without you have read a book
by the name of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"—but that ain’t no
matter. That book was made by Mr. Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly.
There was things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth.
(L to R) Mark Farrell, Karen Aldridge, Stacy Ross and Aldo Billingslea in Splittin' the Raft by Scott Kaiser.
It was well into the winter, now. I had been to school most all the time, and could spell, and read, and write just a little, and could say the multiplication table up to six times seven is thirty-five—and I don’t reckon I could ever get any further than that if I was to live forever.
(L to R) Mark Farrell, Aldo Billingslea, and Karen Aldridge in Splittin' the Raft by Scott Kaiser.
In law, the slave is a piece of property—a marketable commodity
to be bought and sold at the will and caprice of the master. He has no wife,
no children, no country, no home.
By Scott Kaiser
Marin Theatre Company Production
Director: Danny Scheie
Scenic Design: Kate Boyd
Costume Design: Todd Roehrman
Lighting Design: Chris Guptill
"Raft" is always intriguing, often funny, deeply evocative and at
times very moving. It's also, in director Danny Scheie's blithely inventive
production, for the most part wonderfully entertaining…It's Huck and Jim on
a raft with Douglass along for the ride…The idea works, and not just because
Twain and Douglass were friends. The measured eloquence of Douglass' words
reinforces the depth and dignity of Twain's runaway slave Jim, especially in
Billingslea's sensitive rendition of both parts. The use of Douglass' descriptions
of the horrors of slavery, and of contemporary sermons extolling the practice
as ordained by God, adds to the gravity of Jim's escape and Huck's defiance
of morality as he understands it.
Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle
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Raft, click here.
Mark Farrell as Pap and Stacy Ross as Huck in Splittin' the Raft by Scott Kaiser.
Looky here—mind how you talk to me; I’m a standing about all I can stand,
now—so don’t give me no sass. I’ve been in town two days, and I hain’t heard
nothing but about you bein’ rich. I heard about it away down the river, too.
That’s why I come. You git me that money—I want it.
Stacy Ross as Huck and Aldo Billingslea as Jim in Splittin' the Raft by Scott Kaiser.
The widow’s big nigger, named Jim, had a hairball as big as your fist,
which had been took out of the fourth stomach of an ox, and he used to do magic