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A Man In Five Dimensions Of The Same Universe

Frank Stasio talks with playwright Howard Craft and performer Alphonse Nicholson about the show Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Green

  

A new one-man show by playwrightHoward Crafttells the story of a man who exists in five incarnations at different points in American history. 

The show spans 100 years and tells the stories of a man named Abel Green who appears as a minstrel in one universe, and a cult leader, FBI informant, struggling actor, and out-of-work mortgage broker in four other universes. While the men all live in different eras, they struggle with the same central question: how do I make decisions and survive given my racial, political and social surroundings? 

Host Frank Stasio talks with playwright Howard Craft and performer Alphonse Nicholson about the show Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Greenon stage at Swain Hall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill through January 24.

Watch a preview of the show here:

J. Alphonse Nicholson as 'Abel Green' in Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Green.
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J. Alphonse Nicholson as 'Abel Green' in Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Green.
Actor J. Alphonse Nicholson, playwright Howard L. Craft, and director Joseph Megel on the set of Freight.
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Actor J. Alphonse Nicholson, playwright Howard L. Craft, and director Joseph Megel on the set of Freight.

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Anita Rao is the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content. She has traveled the country recording interviews for the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps production department, founded and launched a podcast about millennial feminism in the South, and served as the managing editor and regular host of "The State of Things," North Carolina Public Radio's flagship daily, live talk show. Anita was born in a small coal-mining town in Northeast England but spent most of her life growing up in Iowa and has a fond affection for the Midwest.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.