Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s solo play Lackawanna Blues officially opens March 12 at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
In the play, Santiago-Hudson recalls his childhood in a small town on the banks of Lake Erie in the 1950s. The Tony-winning actor takes on more than 20 characters—from would-be philosophers and petty hustlers to lost souls and abandoned lovers—in a celebration of the eccentric boardinghouse he grew up in.
Lackawanna Blues is written, performed, and directed by Santiago-Hudson (Seven Guitars, Jitney) with live music performed by Grammy-winning blues guitarist, composer, and actor Chris Thomas King.
Santiago-Hudson also directs the piece, which has original music composed by Bill Sims Jr. with additional music composed by King.
Produced by Center Theatre Group, the production runs through April 21.
The design team includes scenic designer Michael Carnahan, costume designer Karen Perry, lighting designer Jen Schriever, and sound designer Philip G. Allen. The production stage manager is David S. Franklin.