08 Feb 2012
Call Mr. Robeson, which celebrates the life and work of actor, singer and Civil Rights campaigner Paul Robeson, will play Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall Feb. 12 at 3 PM to coincide with Abraham Lincoln's birthday and Black History Month.
Nigerian-born and UK-based baritone Tayo Aluko, who shares Lincoln's birthday and turns 50 on the day of this special performance, portrays Robeson. Aluko has appeared as guest soloist with a number of orchestras, music societies and choirs in the UK, Germany, Ireland and Nigeria, including Britain's longest-established professional symphony orchestra, the Hallé.
Featuring some of Robeson's most famous songs and speeches, Call Mr. Robeson, press notes state, is a "roller coaster journey through Robeson's remarkable and eventful life. From his successes as a professional football player, Columbia law school graduate, and Broadway actor, to his involvement with the radical civil rights movement which led to his summoning before The House Un-American Activities Committee, his branding as a traitor, and being blacklisted from performing, Call Mr. Robeson charts the rise and fall of one of the 20th Century's most impressive, but often overlooked, figures."
A portion of the proceeds from tickets sold by 500 Men Making a Difference (www.500menmakingadifference.com) will go towards renovating the Paul Robeson Theater at 40 Greene Avenue in Brooklyn (www.paulrobesontheater.org).
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.