The world premiere of The Tallest Tree in the
Forest, about the life of actor and activist Paul Robeson, is scheduled at
the La Jolla Playhouse's Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre Thursday night.
The play with music is written and performed by Daniel Beaty and directed by Moises Kaufman.
The La Jolla Playhouse provided the following synopsis: As an internationally-renowned vocalist and star of stage and screen, Paul Robeson was one of the best-known African American artists in the world in the early 20th century. Through his singing and acting talent, he became enormously popular and wealthy, but his outspoken activism and criticism of the US Government caused him to be blacklisted during the McCarthy era. Featuring excerpts from some of Robeson's signature songs, including "Ol' Man River" and "Steal Away," The Tallest Tree in the Forest explores the bold choices that defined Robeson's remarkable life.
The Tallest Tree in the Forest runs through Nov. 3. Tickets are available online.