On Stage at Vancouver's Havana Theatre
1212 Commercial Dr
Vancouver, BC V5L 3X4
Call Mr. Robeson, 7 - 10 May
The more established of the two plays, this is "a rollercoaster journey through African-American actor and singer Paul Robeson’s remarkable life, highlighting his pioneering and heroic political activism. Features Ol’ Man River and other famous songs, much fiery oratory, and a defiant testimony to the House Un-American Activities Committee." Mr. Aluko has been tourning this play internationally since 2008, from Innuvic in NWT to Wellington, New Zealand. Reviews include a 4-star "First rate" from the Guardian.
Aluko, who is based in Liverpool, England, will be teaming up with Vancouver-based pianist Elaine Joe, with whom he has worked several times before.
He said of his coming visit, "I'm always thrilled to come to Vancouver, and am also happy to be based at the lovely Havana Theatre (which I discovered on my last visit) for a few days. The stories I am bringing are really important ones to share in this divided world, and by giving a historical perspective to many of today's situations, I believe they can be helpful as we search for solutions to at least some of our problems."