Black History Month Symposium: Call Mr. Robeson: A Life, With Songs
This award-winning play, written and performed by Tayo Aluko, with live piano accompaniment by Hofstra alumnus Dennis Nelson, Class of 1986, tells the story of Paul Robeson, a world-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.
This roller-coaster journey through Robeson’s remarkable and eventful life highlights how his pioneering and heroic (but largely forgotten) political activism led many to describe him as the forerunner of the civil rights movement. It features much fiery oratory and some of his famous songs, including a dramatic rendition of “Ol’ Man River.” Tayo Aluko revives one of the 20th century’s most impressive but overlooked figures in this powerful, compelling tour-de-force.
This event is part of Black History Month Symposium: Performing Politics: Embodying Advocacy
Date: Tuesday, February 28
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center
This event is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Limit two tickets per person. Tickets are available through the Hofstra Box Office by calling 516-463-6644, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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