Call Mr. Robeson tells the remarkable story of an actor, singer and civil rights campaigner

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15-robeson Call Mr. Robeson tells the remarkable story of an actor, singer and civil rights campaigner

Coming to the Playhouse on Thursday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m., Call Mr. Robeson is an award-winning play about one of the forerunners of the civil rights movement.

Call Mr. Robeson follows Paul Robeson, a great and famous American actor, singer and civil rights campaigner. Famous for performing songs like “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” and “Ol’ Man River,” Robeson was branded a traitor to his country for being too radical and outspoken for the 1950s.

This roller coaster journey through Robeson’s remarkable and eventful life highlights how his pioneering and heroic (but largely forgotten) political activism has led many to describe him as the forerunner of the civil rights movement.

Call Mr. Robeson is written, performed and produced by Tayo Aluko, a Nigerian-born artist based in Liverpool, UK. This one-man play has received accolades at Fringe festivals around the world, and won the coveted Fringe Review Outstanding Theatre Award at Brighton Fringe in 2016. The play has also been performed to great acclaim in Nigeria and Jamaica, and at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 2016.

In addition to this performance, the Playhouse is pleased to present a free Experience More! lecture and concert on Wednesday, February 21 at 6 p.m. called From Black Africa to the White House. Presented in partnership with the New Brunswick African Association, this celebration of Black History Month features a musically illustrated talk by Aluko, followed by a panel discussion with Aluko and Saa Andrew Gbongbor, president of the NBAA. Tickets can be reserved in advance through the Playhouse box office.

Tickets for Call Mr. Robeson are available through the Fredericton Playhouse box office by calling 458-8344 or online at www.theplayhouse.ca.

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