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THE TALLEST TREE IN THE FOREST

By Daniel Beaty

24BDE1EE8-C518-C517-C7160821F3F4A465.jpg.pagespeed.ce.ZJXp0Ix9b8The Tallest Tree in the Forest is a play about the life of one of the most dynamic figures in American History – Paul Robeson. Robeson was a scholar, an athlete, an activist, a vocalist, attorney of law, and a celebrated actor of stage and screen. Born the son of a slave, he rose to the heights of fame then saw it all crumble during the McCarthy era as questions of his communist involvement arose. Employing multi-character transformation, monologues, narrative scenes, heightened poetry, and video footage of the era, this theatrical work explores the evolution of Paul Robeson as an artist/activist, his humanity, his courage, his contradictions, and why many call him The Tallest Tree in the Forest.

 

 

“Beaty commands the stage as actor, under director Moises Kaufman’s expert staging…He absolutely nails the hit parade of Robeson’s singing career in a beautifully controlled lyric baritone-the iconic “Old Man River” from SHOWBOAT; and the gospels “Get on Board Little Chillin'” and “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel” are standouts.” -BroadwayWorld

★★★★★ A Must See!” -The Examiner

 

2015 NAACP Theatre Awards:
BEST DIRECTOR  –  MOISÉS KAUFMAN (nominated)
BEST LIGHTING  –  DAVID LANDER (winner)
BEST ONE PERSON SHOW  –  DANIEL BEATY (winner)
BEST PLAYWRIGHT  – DANIEL BEATY (winner)
BEST PRODUCER  –  CENTER THEATRE GROUP (nominated)

Cast

Daniel Beaty

Paul Robeson

Creative Team

DANIEL BEATY (Playwright)
MOISÉS KAUFMAN (Director)
KENNY J. SEYMOUR (Incidental Music and Arrangements)
SHELTON BECTON (Musical Director/ Pianist)
DEREK MCLANE (Set Design)
CLINT RAMOS (Costume Design)
DAVID LANDER (Lighting Design)
LINDSAY JONES (Sound Design)
JOHN NARUN (Projection Design)
CARALYN AQUILINE (Dramaturg)
RALPH OLSEN (Woodwinds)
MAIRI DORMAN-PHANEUF (Cellist)
CRAIG CAMPBELL (Production Stage Manager)
ZACH KENNEDY (Stage Manager)
DON GILMORE (Production Manager)
TIMOTHY KOCH (Assistant Director)
JULIE FOH (Dialect Coach)


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