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Upstairs/Downstairs at the Tampa Bay Hotel- Otis Freedman

Event Date:

May 19 @ 2:00 pm

Venue:

Henry Plant Museum
401 W. Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, FL 33606

Organizer:

Heather Brown
813-258-7304
htrubee@ut.edu

Program Description:

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. The performance is complimentary with admission to the Museum.

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