POSTED: Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 1:00am
UPDATED: Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 1:04am
Baton Rouge, La —
The Friends of Magnolia Mound Plantation in association with BREC will present their 7th annual Black History Month event on Saturday, February 25 at 2:00 p.m. on the grounds of the plantation at the Slave Cabin, 2161 Nicholson Drive in Baton Rouge. The production is free and opened to the public.
The event this year will be a dramatic presentation, a one-man show, about the first African-American chief butler at the White House, entitled Looking Over the President’s Shoulder, by James Still, based on the book written by Fields, "My 21 Years in the White House".
This is the story of Alonzo Fields’ life; not only about breaking racial barriers but also about the compromises an artist must make in order to earn a living. Fields was an aspiring opera singer who gave up his dream in the face of depression at home and a world war abroad. The story provides insights, some funny, some poignant, based on keen observations during his time serving four U.S. Presidents – Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower.
Oneal Isaac will portray Mr. Fields. Mr. Isaac is an award-winning actor, storyteller and playwright. He has been the recipient of an Artist Fellowship in Theatre from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. He was also Arts Ambassador
for the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and was honored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities with a Special Humanities Award.