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Labor’s Finest Day Revisited: Paul Robeson Play Comes to Peekskill’s Paramount Theater, November 7, 2015

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Trade unionists protecting Robeson, September 4, 1949
Call Mr. Robeson, an award-winning play from the UK is to be performed at Paramount Hudson Valley Theater on Saturday November 7, 2015.
This rollercoaster journey through actor/singer Paul Robeson’s remarkable life highlights his pioneering and heroic political activism as well as his music. It features Ol’ Man River and other famous songs, much fiery oratory, and a defiant testimony to the House Un-American Activities Committee. One of the highlights of the play is the infamous Peekskill Riots of August and September 1949, in which trade unionists from around New York State played a heroic role in providing security for Robeson and the thousands of concert goers.
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Written and performed by Nigerian-born, UK-based playwright and singer Tayo Aluko with piano accompaniment by New York Labor Chorus pianist Dennis Nelson, Call Mr. Robeson was chosen by the UK Guardian’s theatre critic as his top pick for things to see in London January 2011.
The play received a standing ovation at New York’s Carnegie Hall February 2012 and was staged in London’s West End October 2013, It has sold out several theatres internationally, including all seventeen performances of a 2015 tour of New Zealand and Australia (sponsored by trade unions in both countries).
Call Mr. Robeson enjoyed a 4-week residency at the Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden, October 2013 where BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends presenter Clive Anderson saw it and later described it as one of the most memorable plays of the year.
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Call Mr. Robeson has won numerous awards against international competition including Best Musical Performance at the Atlantic Fringe in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, August 2013, Best Solo Show at the Stratford-upon-Avon Fringe, June 2013 and the Argus Angel Award for Artistic Excellence and the Best Male Performer Award at the Brighton Fringe, May 2008.

What the critics said:

First-rate. A fine job(4 stars) The Guardian
Profoundly movingPeace News
Captures the spirit, warmth and dignity of his subject.Morning Star
Aluko is a force of nature. Never less than utterly believable(5 stars) British Theatre Guide
A great piece of theatre.” International Socialist Organisation
A must-see experience. A treasure of a show. TOP PICK!D C Theater Scene
Architect-turned-actor Aluko said, “At a time when Labor is at such a low ebb and millions of workers around the world are being exploited probably more than they have been in recent decades, Robeson’s story can provide a welcome boost to morale, a timely reminder about what workers’ solidarity looks like, and why it is badly needed now. I hope trade unionists will join me in celebrating Robeson and their predecessors in the Labor movement at the Paramount.”
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Call Mr. Robeson. A Life, With Songs. Written and performed by Tayo Aluko, with Dennis Nelson, Piano.
Directed by Olusola Oyeleye, Designed by Phil Newman
Saturday, November 7, 2015, 7.00pm
Paramount Hudson Valley Theater
1008 Brown Street
Peekskill, NY 10566
Tickets $30, $20
Age Recommendation: 12+
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Info on Tayo Aluko here.
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Abigail Adams
914 739 0039
Artist’s Management:
Gail Spencer Schickele
Sage Artists
2638 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
415 922 6627 or 415 336 5673
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