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January 15, 2014

Performance addresses self-discovery

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“Incognito” is the resulting performance about Fosberg’s emotion-packed personal journey of self-discovery.

Along the journey, Fosberg discovered the roots of his rich African-American heritage dating back to slavery, which includes a possible family tie to the great abolitionist John Brown, a great-grandfather who was a member of the 54th regiment in the colored infantry, his grandmother’s father who was an all-star pitcher in the Negro Leagues and his grandfather who holds numerous honors throughout the community of Norfolk/Virginia Beach while helping to establish the science and physics department at Norfolk State University.

Fosberg, who is a professional performing artist, has been performing “Incognito” since 2001 across the United States to critical acclaim. He recently released his memoir, “Incognito: An American Odyssey of Race & Self-Discovery,” which delves more deeply into his personal account of familial discovery upon which the one-man play is based.

In an ever-growing multiracial, multicultural world, Fosberg’s story has universal appeal. The performance promises to have something for everyone with its many-layered tale, whether it’s the quest to find a father, the impact of divorce, or the difficulties of race and acceptance based on the idea of how identities are constructed.

The free performance for the community is being sponsored by Danville High School as part of its Black History Month activities. It is being made possible by the donors of the Danville Public School Foundation, Mervis Industries and the HALO Project of Presence United Samaritans Medical Center’s Foundation.

“The high school has a tradition of bringing in an event for Black History Month, so we believe this performance will fill that need perfectly,” Richard said.

COMING UP The Danville Public School Foundation will present a free public performance of "Incognito," a one-man play starring Michael Sidney Fosberg. The performance will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 23, at the Dick Van Dyke Auditorium of Danville High School.

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