This article was last updated on May 25, 2022
Do Lord Remember Me Weaves Memories of Slavery Into Moving Play
The Attic Theatre and Film Center (Los Angeles, CA)
The revelatory power of Do Lord Remember Me comes directly from its source: real-life interviews with former slaves. Back in the 1930’s, President Roosevelt tasked the Federal Writers Project with recording oral histories of the last generation of Americans born into slavery — people who, at the time, were already 80 years old or older. More than a half century later, poet and professor James de Jongh transformed these firsthand memories into Do Lord Remember Me, a play that tells the personal side of the so-called “Peculiar Institution.” Chromolume Theatre remounts its critically acclaimed production of this intimate account of slavery. Be prepared to be moved and surprised by the humor, courage and unceasing faith of those chronicled in Do Lord Remember Me.