The Tallest Tree in the Forest
We marvel at Robeson’s triumphs—All-American linebacker and valedictorian while at Rutgers, NFL linebacker while in Columbia Law School, and eventually international star of stage and screen (Showboat; the longest running Othello in Broadway history)—and we gasp at the indignities he suffered as a civil rights and labor rights activist during the McCarthy era.
This remarkable play with music provided by a live combo on stage is a powerful, unflinching account of a minister’s son, who became the voice of the everyman around the world, daring to speak up and sing out for what was right.
Obie Award-winning wrter and performer Daniel Beaty chronicles Paul Robeson's remarkable life in an extraordinary theatrical biography. Embodying not only Robeson but also dozens of international personalities who crossed Robeson's path, Beaty fills the theatre with the dreams, words and songs (American classics like "Ol' Man River") of a man who sacrificed everything in the name of liberty.
The Kansas City Repertory Theatre/La Jolla Playhouse Production in association with Tectonic Theater Project.
Approx. 2 hours, including one intermission.
Recommended for audiences ages 16+
Children 6 and under who may cry or fidget are never admitted.
- A Play with Music Written and Performed by
- Daniel Beaty
- Directed by
- Moisés Kaufman
- Music Director/Incidental Music & Arrangements
- Kenny J. Seymour
- Scenic Design
- Derek McLane
- Costume Design
- Clint Ramos
- Lighting Design
- David Lander
- Sound Design
- Lindsay Jones
- Projection Design
- John Narun
- Carlyn Aquiline