At the beginning of the year, we posted a fabulous photo from our archives of Paul Robeson. I knew him well and played with his son often when I was a teenager.
This week in the New York Times, there was a wonderful article about a play now showing at the BAM Theatre celebrating Robeson and his historical life.
According to the Times:
The lives of actors often contain heady highs and dispiriting lows, so fragile is their hold on the public’s imagination and their access to the levers of power in the industry. But the story of Paul Robeson, the great African-American performer who achieved international fame in the 1920s and ’30s, only to be condemned for his political beliefs and branded a Communist during the witch hunts of the ’50s, is a particularly egregious example of a star falling at warp speed.
The extraordinary arc of Robeson’s life and career is resurrected with grace in “The Tallest Tree in the Forest,” an engrossing solo show written and performed by Daniel Beaty, and directed by Moisés Kaufman.
If you are in the New York City area, you should make time go see this stunning portrayal of such a fine actor—but don’t delay! Tomorrow is the last day of performances at the BAM Theatre.
To read the full New York Times story, click here.