THE MOVIE

THE PREMISE

Having grown weary of performing in blackface, a Black man in 1918 New York gets the incredible opportunity to play Shakespeare’s Hamlet on Broadway - without blackface - but
first, he must uncover his true worth.

In the early 1900s Bert Williams was a renowned entertainer who performed in blackface and is best remembered for his signature song “nobody.” Inspired by Williams’ life, this movie tells the story of Bert Waters, a black man in 1918 who wants to step beyond his work in blackface and amazingly obtains the opportunity to perform Shakespeare’s Hamlet on Broadway (WITHOUT blackface), only to come face to face with obstacles - both external and internal.