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Upstairs/Downstairs at the Tampa Bay Hotel- Otis Freedman
February 3 @ 2:00 pm
Venue:Henry Plant Museum
401 W. Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, FL 33606
Step back in time and enjoy the stories of Otis Freedman, “The Bishop”, head waiter at the Tampa Bay Hotel in 1905. This single character performance brings a turn-of-the-century Tampa Bay Hotel staff member to life. Otis represents the professional black man of the era. He knows the “downstairs” viewpoint of the social goings-on at the Tampa Bay Hotel from behind -the-scenes perspective. He knows how polite society should behave; not every member can pass his “soup test.” Otis is a self-educated, intelligent man who overcomes the confinements of his station in life. Otis Freedman is played by actor Josh Goff. Immediately following the performance, University of Tampa Associate Professor of History Charles McGraw Groh will speak about the power of waiters in grand hotels during the late 19th century. The tour and talk are complimentary with admission to the Museum
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