“Call Mr. Robeson” a play about the great Paul Robeson

August 10, 2011

August 14, 24, 25, 26, 28: New York International Fringe Festival

The play is a roller coaster journey through Robeson’s remarkable and eventful life, and highlights how his radical activism caused him to be disowned and disremembered, even by the leaders and descendants of the civil rights movement.

Synopsis: Paul Robesson is a great and famous actor, singer and civil rights campaigner. When over the years he gets progressively too radical and outspoken for the establishment’s liking, he is branded a traitor to his country, harassed, and denied opportunities to perform or travel.

Just as physical, emotional and mental stress threaten to push him over the fine line between genius and madness, he is summoned to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee, to give the most difficult and important performance of his career.

It features some of his famous songs and speeches, including a dramatic rendition of Ol’ Man River.

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