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Freight: The Five Incarnations Of Abel Green (by Howard Craft, featuring Alphonse Nicholson)


Swain Hall
UNC Campus
101 E. Cameron Ave.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

For ticket information visit the Piedmont Performance Factory Website




This full-length play tells the story of Abel Green, an African American male who exists in five different dimensions of the same universe at different points in American history.


The audience first encounters him as minstrel in the early 1900s, then as a cult leader in the 1930s and 1940s.  In the 1960s he is an FBI informant.  The 1980s finds him struggling to make ends meet as an actor.  In the 2010s he’s an out of work mortgage broker on the verge of suicide.


In each incarnation Abel finds himself stuck somewhere between the American dream and the American nightmare and as he navigates some very gray areas the audience witnesses the trials of a simple man not necessarily trying to choose between right and wrong, but rather trying to make the decisions that will allow him to survive in what the great African American poet Claude McKay referred to as “ This cultured hell, that test my youth.”


FREIGHT promo poster (full info)



Thursday, January 8, 8 pm – Pay-What-You-Can Preview

Friday, January 9, 8 pm – Opening Night (Reception Follows)

Saturday, January 10, 8 pm

Sunday, January 11, 3 pm

Thursday, January 15, 8 pm

Friday, January 16, 8 pm

Saturday, January 17, 8 pm

Sunday, January 18, 3 pm

Wednesday, January 21, 8 pm

Thursday, January 22, 8 pm

Friday, January 23, 8 pm

Saturday, January 24, 3 pm

Opening Night Tickets: $25.00

Wed/Thurs performances: $10.00

Fri/Sat/Sun performances: $20.00

For Students, Faculty, Veterans, and Seniors: $10.00 for all performances.

For group rates, please enquire:

Swain Hall
UNC Campus
101 E. Cameron Ave.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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