The University of California, Irvine Program in African American Studies presents Tayo Aluko and Friends in a performance of Call Mr. Robeson: The monodrama, with songs.
“They say I’m meddling in the foreign affairs of the United States Government. Now that’s too bad, ‘cause I’m going to have to continue to meddle…” -Paul Robeson
Paul Robeson 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.
The play features some of his famous songs, including a dramatic rendition of Ol’ Man River, as well as some of his best-known speeches and highlights how his activism caused him to be disowned and disremembered, even by the leaders and descendants of the Civil Rights Movement.
Call Mr. Robeson is written and performed by Tayo Aluko, accompanied by Michael Conliffe (piano), directed by Olusola Oyeleye, and designed by Phil Newman.
For directions to the theatre, see http://www.arts.uci.edu/article.php?a_id=985
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For more info, contact Jennifer Tucker at African American Studies, 300B Krieger Hall, UCI or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 949-824-2376.
Date: Monday, April 07, 2008
Time: 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Humanities Hall Little Theatre
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA United States
Cost: Free and open to the public; parking is available for $7 in the Mesa Parking Structure.
Park in the Mesa Parking Structure on Mesa Road next to the Bren Events Center. Patrons may park on any level. Take the elevator or stairs to level 3 to the handicapped-accessible arts bridge. Cross the arts bridge and turn right in front of the Arts, Culture, and Technology Building (727). The walkway leads to the Arts Plaza. Cross the bridge on the other side of the plaza. Continue past the Humanities Instructional Building on the left and take the stairs that lead down to the Humanities Hall Building across from Krieger Hall. The Little Theatre is on the right.
Jennifer Tucker, UCI African American Studies Program
Sponsor(s): University of California, Irvine Student Affairs, the International Center for Writing and Translation, Department of Music, and Department of Drama. Information about non-ASC events is posted for informational purposes and does not necessarily reflect opinions of or endorsements by African Studies personnel.