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The Raid

Watch February 1–19, 2022

As we collectively reflect on the Black experience in America, we are re-releasing a virtual reading of Idris Goodwin’s historical drama, The Raid, recorded in 2021.


What is the cost of allyship?

A thought-provoking 163-year flashback to a debate between iconic abolitionists John Brown and Frederick Douglass on the eve of Brown’s raid on the federal armory in Harpers Ferry; The Raid examines the complexity of race in social protest, digs into what it means to be an ally vs. an accomplice and lays bare the limits of radicalism.

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The Raid is a program of FAC CONNECT, an accessible digital and in person platform for a diversity of voices and artistic disciplines to engage in necessary conversation. If you enjoyed this program and would like to see more like it, please consider a donation. 

Action Words: The RaidJoin us for the virtual panel discussion

Friday, February 11, 2022. 12 p.m.

Reading of The Raid

Cast + Credits

Elliott Bales . . . . . . . . John Brown
Cajardo Lindsey . . . . Frederick Douglass
Jeremy Radin . . . . . . .Henry Kagi
Michael Crawford . . .Shields Green/Emperor
Cyndii Johnson . . . . .Harriet Tubman and others
Jen Jargagin . . . . . . . .Dianthe Brown/Mahala Doyle and others
Rich Brown . . . . . . . .Silas Soule and others
Michael Sazonov . . . .John Brown Jr. and others

Tiffany Nichole Greene . . . . . . . . . . . .Director
Kate Ferdinandi & Morgan Gatson. . .Production Management

The Arts & Social Act: The Raid

The Arts & Social Act: The Raid

“The January 6 attack on the capitol conjured the events of my play The Raid which explores abolitionist John Brown’s failed insurrection of 1859.  In his two meetings with Frederick Douglass the two debated the best tactics to achieve a more just nation. The Arts & Social Action series is one of our platforms to respond and react to national events through conversation and presentation. We quickly assembled an impressive multinational team led by brilliant director Tiffany Nichole Green to create a digital reading of The Raid.  Please join us as we reflect on our shared national history and the challenges of our new year.”
– Idris Goodwin, The Raid Playwright and Director of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College 

Community Conversation from Jan. 2021